Valerie Beavers Copyright, Fair Use, Personal Rights, Privacy Toolkit.



just as your GPS announces "you have arrived" when you have reached the address that you were looking for, so too do I announce you have arrived. In this toolkit, you the student will find all of the information that you need to complete your assignment regarding Copyright, Fair Use, Personal Rights, and Privacy. What do you think of when you hear the term copyright? Undoubtedly you may think in terms of the symbol that indicates that someone is protecting a creative work, like this ©. In this toolkit, you will learn when and how creative works become copyright protected. You will also learn about how not to be fined for infringement of copyright. There are many aspects to intellectual property, and you will learn about that too.  Enjoy the journey, I hope you learn to be free in your learning and creation, just as *Francessca Battistelli sings about in her song Free to Be Me.



 The following are links that you can use to explore the world of copyright.


1. U. S. Copyright Office:

2.  Cornell University Library: 

3. Efront Learning:

4. Legalzoom:

 Fair Use

5. Stanford University:

6. Creative Commons:

7. Copyright Alliance:

8. Columbia University

Intellectual Property

9. The Yale Law Journal:

10. Stanford Center for Internet & Society

Copyright and Fair Use Issues in Online Education - Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning

11. Find Law, Is There a Right to Privacy:







12. Protecting Student Privacy U. S. Department of Education

13. The Future Show with Gerd Leonard




The process that I used to create this tool kit was to review the resources that we had in this course, you will notice a few of them listed in the resource section.  I found the videos, in particular, to be helpful, I then followed some of the sources used and suggested in the videos, as well as the other resources provided in class. I also used Google and Google Scholar to find additional articles. Sometimes I use regular Google because the articles present the subject matter in a conversational style, but they too list scholarly articles as their sources of information. 


I believe that the resources selected will give students a rich idea of copyright and all of the subheadings that are included in this arena of study. Students have articles and videos that aptly highlight the needed information to obtain a good understanding of copyright, fair use, intellectual property, personal rights, and privacy.



Concluding Thoughts

From the beginning of time until now creation was occurring, and the fact that creation was happening, we can assume copying was happening too. Some people truly believe that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but many creators do not concur with that sentiment.   Creators want to be acknowledged for what they have created and also compensated for the use of their creations. Although all tangible creations earn copyright status upon creation, it is wise to formally file for copyright status, linking creation with its creator. 

Learning about The Creative Commons was a boon, it made it helps the creator flush out their own ideas while building on the work of others. This process is called Derivative works, those works are just as the title insinuates, the new artist is able to be inspired and give credit and possibly inspire another creator. 

Student safety is also addressed in the works included in this toolkit; we learn how students can be kept safe as well as the questions that should never be asked of a student without parent approval. I hope students will be as fascinated as I was with this information.



Copyright and Primary Sources. (2022). Library of Congress.

Fair Use and Copyright Guidlines and policy. (2007). Stanford Library Resources. Palo Alto, California, United States of America.

A Conversation with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Falzone (2011). [Motion Picture].

A., P. (2013). Creative Commons Attribution (video). Pennsylvania State University Office of Scholarly Communications.

Copright 101. (2022, November 17). Library Guides. Ithaca, New York, United States of America: cornell University.

Copyright and Fair Use in Online Education. (2011, January 3). Faculty Focus.

Daniel J. Hemel, L. L. (2019, January). Innovation Policy Pluralism. The Yale Law Journal. New Haven, Conneticut, United States of America.

How to protect your Intellectual Property. (2022, July 21). Legal Zoom.

INSTRUMENT/TREATY ON LIMITATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS FOR . (2012, January 28). Library Copyright Alliance.

Is There a Right to Privacy Amendment. (2022, October 18). Find Law. Eagan, Minnesota, United States of America.

Pappas, C. (2020). Content Repurposing. Efront Learning.

Protecting Student Privacy U. S. Department of Education. (2021). U. S. Depart. of Education.

Waele, S.-D. (Director). (2014). Privacy Failure [Motion Picture].

(2021). What Does Copyright Cover. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress U.S. Copyright Office.








Teacher Page

Helpful Hints:

I have personally found that for every required reading article, there should also be an in-depth video that talks about the issue that you want to bring forth. As far as copyright issues are concerned, I would also share recent cases about copyright infringement that students might be able to recognize, again making the information relatable.