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15 January, 2016 - 09:13
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Divide the students into groups. Each group is expected to research one area of interest and prepare a presentation on the answers they find, to be given during Activity 2. My suggestion is to divide the class into at least three groups and give each group one of the following: public domain; all-rights-reserved copyright; Creative Commons sharing licenses; any other sharing licenses that are relevant to your project (as the teacher, check into this before you make group assignments).

Questions for each group

  • What are the basic rules of this type of license?
  • What does it mean for the creator?
  • What does it mean for the people who would like to enjoy the work?
  • What does it mean for other creators who would like to make a new creation based on a work with this license?
  • Give at least two good reasons for choosing this type of license.
  • Give at least two good reasons not to choose this type of license.
  • Does your country have laws limiting the ability to choose this license, providing this license automatically to published works, and/or providing a time limit after which the license expires? What happens to the work if the license expires? What do you think are the reasons for these laws? Do you think these laws have any unintended consequences? (Back up your thinking with evidence and/or with well-reasoned arguments created by the group or published by others, and be sure to provide proper citations!)
  • What are some famous works with this type of license that are the same type of works that the class is creating (e.g. poetry, pop songs, videos, etc.)?