Submitted By:Kamaila A. Sanders, The University of Pennsylvania
Grade Level(s):9, 10, 11, 12
This lesson introduces students to the concept of and the challenges surrounding copyright laws. They will begin by learning about what kinds of things may be copyrighted and the definition and main idea behind copyright laws. Then they will watch videos that further explain copyright laws and why some think these laws restrict creativity in a digital age. Next, students will hear about one case where a person was sued over violations of copyright laws, and listen to the Knowledge@Wharton podcast on: “Suing Your Customers: A Winning Business Strategy?” Finally, students will cast their own vote to determine what kinds of works may be copyrighted and in what way.