Copy - Paste Culture What's the difference between being inspired by others' creative work and copying others' creative ideas? What crosses the line legally? How about ethically?

Copyright Infringement: When the work of the original creator is reproduced, distributed, altered, performed, or displayed without their permission or expressed written consent.

Big Question: Is copying others' creative work ever acceptable?

Watch the video below. As a class, have a conversation about the questions that follow.

If you had to sum up your initial reaction in one word after watching this video, what would it be? Why?

Are you surprised that Disney has recycled parts of old animated films for new ones? Why, or why not? Does it change your opinion about Disney's creativity?

How do you think they reused animated sequences like this? How do you think that process works? (Hint: Check out this link to "rotoscoping.")

How do you think the animators for Snow White (1937) would feel if they knew animators for Robin Hood (1973) copied their work?

Does the fact that these are traditional animations (drawn by hand versus animated on a computer) make you feel any differently about their being copied? Why, or why not?

Some of the dogs from Lady and the Tramp are featured briefly in 101 Dalmatians. Do you think these cameos are a form of copying? Or is Disney simply referencing its characters and movies again for fun? Is there a difference?

How does media get "copy and pasted" given the technology available today? What are the methods or processes a user must follow to transfer the original work of one individual into the possession of another?

Can you figure out the chart below? Which Copyright License is least restrictive? Which is the most restrictive?

(2017). Creative Commons Licenses. Accessed 9/5/2017. Retrieved from:

Using the Chart Above, complete the following "Test" by finding out more information about each image below

Who owns each image below? What is the image's copyright status? Is it acceptable to use the images above in your own work? Are there any requirements for your use?

1. See very bottom for answers:
2. See very bottom for answers.

Review the video below to better understand when it's acceptable to use someone else's work and the steps that must be followed when doing so.

Big Question: When does Fair Use cross the line and become Plagiarism or Copyright Infringement?

Answers to the Licensing Rights related to the Images above.

1. Owner: Michael Nugent. "Night Time on Highway." CC-SA License. Source: UHDWallpapers.ORG. Free for all users, but photographer and source must be mentioned.

2. Owner: Unknown. "Lake Constance Flying Lake Gull Bird Flight." CC-Zero License. Source: Free for all users. No attribution or source information required.

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Seth Slater


Created with images by H.Adam - "broken glass II - free 2 use TEX" Copy-Past Culture. (2016). Common Sense Digital Bytes. Accessed September 6, 2017. Retrieved from:

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