Lesson 7 – Copyright, Designs and Patents Act

Learning Objectives

  • To understand what the concept of copyright is
  • To understand the importance of copyright for society
  • To be familiar with the concept of licences and Digital Rights Management

Learning Outcomes

All must watch the videos on what copyright and licencing is.  Create a basic presentation on copyright, licencing and piracy. (Level 4)

Most should watch the videos on what copyright and licencing is.  Create a good quality professional looking presentation on copyright, licencing and piracy. (Level 5)

Some could watch the videos on what copyright and licencing is.  Create a good quality professional looking presentation on copyright, licencing and piracy.  Investigate other issues relating to these topics. (Level 6)

Keywords

Words to learn: copyright, licence

Starter

Have you ever written a story?  Written or recorded some music or a film?  Written a computer program or game?  Then you might be interested in copyright.

Watch this video which introduces what copyright is:

So as you can see, if you create an original piece of work, you can dictate who can use it and how much they have to pay.  If people breach copyright by illegally copying copyrighted materials, they can be sued or even (in some circumstances) end up going to prison!

Most copyrighted pieces of work are licensed – this means that you can use them in certain circumstances.  Computer games and software often use Digital Rights Management (DRM).  Watch the video below which explains the concept of licences and DRM:

There are lots of different types of licence.  These include:

  • Public Domain
  • Creative Commons
  • Open Source
  • Closed Source/Commercial

Does everyone respect copyright law?  No!  You might have heard the phrase piracy.  We don’t mean this:

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A copyright pirate is someone who distributes copyrighted materials to other people, either for free or to make money.  The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act makes this a criminal offence.

Main

Your task is to create a presentation (using Google Slides) that will tell people about copyright and piracy.  It must include the following information:

  • What copyright is
  • What a licence is
  • What the following types of licence let you do:
  • What piracy is
  • What punishments there are in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act for distributing copyrighted material
  • Who FAST are and what they do

Your presentation should look professional – this means not cramming too much onto one slide, careful choice of colours, good font selection and an appropriate selection of images – not too many and not pixellated.

Before the end of the lesson, you need to share your file with your teacher.  You can do this by pressing the blue “Share” button at the top right hand side of the screen, entering your teacher’s name and pressing Done.  This will then allow your teacher to see the file.

Plenary

Have a go at these copyright games (click here)