Colorado Springs School District 11

Inspire Every Mind

  • What is Copyright?

    What is Exemption?

    What is Fair Use?

    What is Public Domain?

    Creative Commons (CC)

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    • Copyright Clarity: How Fair User Supports Digital Learning by Renee Hobbs c. 2010  Corwin Publishing  ISBN: 978141298159

      (Professional Resource Center has two copies)
      • Summary: In this guide, media literacy expert Renee Hobbs presents simple principals for applying copyright law and the doctrine of fair use to 21st-century teaching and learning.  Complete with a ready-to-go staff development workshop, this book explores what is permissible in the classroom; fair use of digital materials such as images, music, movies and Internet elements found on sites such as Google, and YouTube; trends in intellectual property law & copyright practice; classroom projects using copyrighted materials.
      • Copyright Clarity helps educators unlock Internet and digital media resources for classroom use while respecting the rights of copyright holders. 
      • Link to purchase the Renee Hobbs Copyright Clarity book
      • Link to download for free a 20 p., 2008 Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
      • PowerPoints/Lesson plans to teach media literacy and a wealth of other information can be found at this site.


    Software Licensing Services ensures all district computers and devices have licensed software that works with the D11 network. Before purchasing any instructional and operational software, D11 staff must work with Software Licensing for:

    1. approval status on software and various versions;
    2. pricing quotes;
    3. necessary forms, and
    4. installation status
    5. screening for potential student data privacy issues

    Contact Roberta Emerick
    719-520-2385 (fax)

    Educators often need to use various materials when presenting lessons. We often access materials in many different mediums to use them in presentations to our students. We rarely violate copyright law knowingly, but how often do we do s o unknowingly?

    What Does Copyright Do? The copyright is designed to protect the creative and artistic work of any person who creates a piece of work. Most material created after April 1, 1989 is considered copyrighted and protected whether it has a copyright notice or not. For example, e-mail is copyrighted by the writer.

    Computer Copyright Law is very specific: One program for one computer. You may not load 1 program onto 2 computers even if you own both. You may not take a school program home to load onto your computer. However, most programs do allow you to make 1 back-up copy to keep. The archival copy is only to be used if your copy fails until a new one arrives. The copy must be destroyed in the event you discontinue ownership of a program.

    Schools may buy software licenses for more than one computer. Most companies also offer lab packs, site licenses, district licenses, and for use on local area networks (LAN) at varying prices.  Colorado Springs School District 11 realizes the necessity of abiding by Computer Copyright Law. If any copyrighted software should not be on your computer, erase the program. We have network and district licenses for some of our software. Other software is “for one use only." Software licensing is necessary in today's world due to copyright law. 

    How Serious is Copyright Violation?  $500 to $20,000 per infringement! If it is proven that intent was willful, the fine could be increased to $100,000. Is it worth it?

    Our actions are watched by the severest of critics, the students. We need to encourage and model copyright law compliance.