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Digital Citizenship: Rights

Digital Rights

Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.


Copyright - Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. ~

Public Domain - The term "public domain" refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws.  The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist.  Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it. ~ Stanford University Libraries

Fair Use - Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances. ~

Creative Commons - a set of various licenses that allow people to share their copyrighted work to be copied, edited, built upon, etc., while retaining the copyright to the original work (often used attributively). ~

Creative Commons

Copyright, Public Domain and Fair Use