Understand how copyright and fair use supports digital learning

Today, it's more important than ever before to understand the scope of your rights and responsibilities as a digital author. That's why Renee Hobbs wrote the book, Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning. Since its publication, it's become a best-seller, offering essential reading for teachers, students and others who are advancing digital and media literacy education. At this website, you can:


Read this review of Renee's book, published in Composition Studies by Kerrie Carsey 

Order the book online and read it!

The Media Education Lab's Copyright Education initiative is aligned with the 2019 #DigCitCommit initative:

ALERT. I am aware of my use of copyrighted materials, and know how my online actions could potentially affect others. 

ENGAGED. When creating with copyrighted materials, I use technology and digital channels for civic engagement, to solve problems, and be a force for good in both physical and virtual communities. 


Watch copright education videos, including our famous Schoolhouse rock style music videos, What's Copyright? and User Rights, Section 107

Watch video case studies of teachers whose informed perspective on copyright enables them to offer powerful media literacy learning experiences to students


Use this Lesson on Copyright and Fair Use as you plan how to use copyrighted media in your own creative work

Access lesson plans for college students


Download slides for offering a staff development program on copyright and fair use 

Read the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education to understand your rights and responsibilities when you (or your students) use copyrighted materials for learning purposes

Revise your school policies: Access a model school copyright policy you can use as a template for your school