Look Out for Pirates!

A WebQuery for Pre-service Teachers

Designed by

Dr. C. Bertelson & Dr. I. Loverro
Pirate Flag

Introduction | Task | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusion


Pirates are among us. Pirates of copyright that is. They're stalking everywhere and committing illegal acts of copyright infringement! What unsavory acts are they committing with no remorse you ask? 

There are some duplicating rental DVDs, while others are downloading mp3s illegally. There are even those who download commercial applications or games without paying for them.

These are common examples of piracy, but what about those who break copyright laws without realizing it? What about the teachers who xerox everything in sight for their students. And what about those who reward their students with movies that aren't serving an educational purpose? What about the teachers who permit their students to use web images in their projects without citing their sources? What about couples who burn their favorite songs onto CDs for guests at their wedding? These people are breaking the law...

As Governor of our small coastal town, it is your job to stave off these vicious attacks and protect the innocent citizens. To assist the townsfolk, you have decided to forge a full-blown campaign against copyright piracy and will flood the town with posters or brochures educating and warning the innocent, and not so innocent, against the risks and consequences of copyright piracy. So, prepare yourself and get ready to protect!


Your job is to create a poster or brochure to “educate and warn” the townspeople against copyright piracy. Your poster or brochure should address at least one of the following:
For your poster or brochure to be successful, it must:
The types of materials used to create your poster are up to you!

The Process

To assist you in your endeavor, consider the following questions as you sail through your project. You do not necessarily have to answer each of them, but you should certainly consider them as you create your poster or brochure on copyright law.


Explore these links as you research copyright law and prepare your poster or brochure. Be sure to visit several of them to ensure that you have a strong background in the subject. Along the way, you may find that what you thought you knew about copyright law was wrong. Use that discovery in your project to help others learn from your work.

Feel free to add other links, but check with your instructor first.

General Copyright Info

Chilling Effects


Copyright Kids


10 Big Myths about copyright explained

What is Copyright Protection?

Copyright Website

U.S. Copyright Office

Copyright Facts and Resources

Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers

Copyright and Fair-Use Guidelines for Teachers

Copyright Quiz & Answers

The Educator's Guide to Copyright and Fair Use

A Teacher's Guide to Fair Use and Copyright

Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright

A Visit to Copyright Bay

Play it Cyber Safe: Piracy

Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials

Stanford University Libraries: Copyright & Fair Use


Your poster or brochure will be graded according to the following criteria. Be sure to read over it and double-check your work to confirm that you've covered all of your bases and that you really are finished.

The poster is exceptionally attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness.
The poster is attractive in terms of design, layout and neatness.
The poster is acceptably attractive though it may be a bit messy.
The poster is distractingly messy or very poorly designed. It is not attractive.
Graphics - Relevance
All graphics are related to copyright law and make it easier to understand. All borrowed graphics have a source citation.
All graphics are related to copyright law and most make it easier to understand. All borrowed graphics have a source citation.
All graphics relate to copyright law. Most borrowed graphics have a source citation.
Graphics do not relate to copyright law OR several borrowed graphics do not have a source citation.
Copyright Content
Product follows one of the three task choices and is complete and accurate.
Product follows one of the three task choices and is nearly complete but may have some inaccuracies.
Product follows one of the three task choices but is incomplete or not accurate.
Product does not follow does not follow any of the three task choices.
Message Delivered
Message delivered by the project is relevant, informative and easy to understand.
Message delivered by the project is relevant, informative but a little confusing.
Message delivered by the project is relevant, but not very informative and possibly a little confusing.
Message delivered by the project is irrelevant, uninformative or difficult to understand.
Capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the project. There are no grammatical mistakes.
There is 1 error in capitalization, punctuation or grammar.
There are 2 errors in capitalization, punctuation or grammar.
There are more than 2 errors in capitalization, punctuation or grammar.


Now that you've explored copyright law and have created an informative poster or brochure, you should be better equipped to act legally when dealing with the use of copyrighted materials, but how can you continue to help your family, co-workers, and friends stay legal? How can you model legal use?

Stuart the Pirate

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