Teaching Copyright Handouts and Support Documents


By Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law Professor and founder of Creative Commons

  • The Future of Ideas
  • Free Culture
  • Code and Other Cyber Laws
  • Code Version 2.0
  • Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy (October 2008 release)

By Cory Doctorow, Science Fiction Author

  • Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future
  • Little Brother

By Siva Vaidhyanathan, Cultural Historian and Media Scholar

  • Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity
  • The Anarchist in the Library
  • Rewiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies

By Jessica Littman, University of Michigan Law Professor

  • Digital Copyright

By Paul Goldstein, Stanford Law Professor

  • Copyright's Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox

By Lyman Ray Patterson, Law Professor

  • Copyright in Historical Perspective


LA Times: "Disney's rights to young Mickey Mouse may be wrong"

The New Yorker: "In the Air - Who Says Big Ideas Are Rare?"

Education Week: "Understanding the Ins and Outs of ‘Open Content’ Licensing" "Illegal Filesharing: A Suicide Note From the Music Industry"

CNET News: "Coming Soon to Kindergarten Class: Antipiracy Ed"

Harpers: "The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism"

Radio and Internet Newsletter, Hanson on Copyright: "Copyright Law and the CRB: What Went Wrong?"

BBC News: "Hollywood and the Hackers", PBS: "Encouraging Creativity with Creative Commons"

O'Reilly Policy DevCenter: "Remixing Culture: An Interview with Lawrence Lessig"

New York Times: "The Tyranny of Copyright?"

Reason: "Creation Myths: Does innovation require intellectual property rights?"

The New Yorker: "Righting Copywrongs"


Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Creative Commons

Students for Free Culture

Future of Music Coalition

Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center

American University School of Communication
Center for Social Media

Recording Industry Association of America

Motion Picture Association of America

Business Software Alliance


EFF Deeplinks

Lawrence Lessig

Boing Boing: Copyfight Archives

Copyfight: The Politics of IP

Attorney Ray Beckerman’s Recording Industry vs The People

Andy Carvin’s PBS Teachers .

Copyright & Fair Use Legal Cases

EFF’s No Downtime for Free Speech Campaign cases

Copyright Law Infringement Project, Sponsored by the UCLA Intellectual Property Project & Columbia Law School

Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center: Summaries of Fair Use Cases


EFF: A Better Way Forward: Voluntary Collective Licensing of Music File Sharing

Wired: "David Byrne and Thom Yorke on the Real Value of Music" "Illegal Filesharing: A Suicide Note From the Music Industry"

BusinessWeek: "Does She Look Like a Music Pirate?"

Blorge: "Rapper 50 Cent Has No Problem with File-sharing"

Washington Post: "Artists Break With Industry on File Sharing"

Rolling Stone: "File-Sharing Getting Bad Rap?

Insight on the News: "Arresting Kids for Downloading Music"

Wired: "Rappers in Disharmony on P2P"

San Francisco Chronicle: "Artists Blast Record Companies Over Lawsuits Against Downloaders"

USA Today: "Dueling Rappers Debate Downloading Music"

O'Reilly "Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution" "Recording Artists Speak out on Napster"

U.S. Copyright Office

EFF’s No Downtime for Free Speech Campaign

Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center

Fair Use Project (FUP)
The Stanford Center for Internet and Society

American University School of Communication
Center for Social Media (AUSoC)

Recut, Reframe, Recycle (AUSoC)

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video (AUSoC)

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education (AUSoC)

The Good, The Bad and the Confusing: User-Generated Video Creators on Copyright
Center for the Study of the Public Domain (AUSoC)

Temple University Media Education Lab's Teaching About Copyright and Fair Use

Duke University School of Law

Duke’s comic book about the public domain:
“Tales from the Public Domain: BOUND BY LAW?”

Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900)

Public Domain

Smithsonian Institution Public Domain Images

New York Times Public Domain Archives

Creative Commons Public Domain Images via
Search field: “public domain”
Select: “Search for works I can modify, adapt, or build upon.”

Project Gutenberg


Internet Archive

Prelinger Archives

Creative Commons Public Domain films via
Search field: “public domain”
Select: “Search for works I can modify, adapt, or build upon.”


Copyright Timeline: A History of Copyright in the United States (ARL)

PBS: Technology Timeline: 1750 - 1990


EFF’s Line Noise Podcast

CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks’ show, “Who Owns Ideas?”

To the Best of Our Knowledge, Wisconsin Public Radio


Lawrence Lessig’s Final Free Culture Video

Lawrence Lessig’s Audio/Video Archive

How Creativity is Being Strangled by the Law
Larry Lessig’s March 2007 at TED

Open-Source Documentary Film About Copyright

A Fair(y) Use Tale
By Professor Eric Faden, Bucknell University

Creative Commons videos
Get Creative & Building Upon the Past

Remix Culture
American University School of Communication
Center for Social Media (AUSoC)

Joel Kuwahara’s Urban Testing Ground Vlog
Mashup Music - Part 1 & 2

Freedom of Expression
Challenging Media (6 Min Preview)

Good Copy Bad Copy

Frontline: Merchant’s of Cool

For Educators

Classroom 2.0

Open learning and open education (OER) division of Creative Commons

Free Reading
Florida’s free, open education reading intervention program


Digital Education Kits

Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web

Public Domain
Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

Free/Open Source Software:
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
Age range: middle, high school+

Tux Paint
Drawing program
Age range: 3-12

Sharon Elin's "Fair(y) Use Tale" Script Handout