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Digital Citizenship
Being a good online citizen: Copyright & Attribution


What is copyright? 

Copyright is a set of laws to protect creators. Anything that has been made, including pictures, music, & videos, is automatically protected under copyright laws and should not be used without permission from the creator. 

There are websites that provide pictures & sounds with permission to reuse them. Click here for a list of free resources. 

TaskTask for K-5th: Visit the CyberBee website.

TaskTask for 6th-12th: Watch the video, Copyright and Fair Use Animation.


What is attribution? 

Don't Just CopyAttribution is giving credit to the creator of content, whether it is a picture, music, video, or words. We should always give credit when we use content that we didn't make ourselves. How would you feel if somebody took your work and said it was their own?

Attribution helps us avoid plagiarizing or breaking copyright laws. And it's the right thing to do. Unless you have permission to use content without including an attribution, give credit to the creator every time you use or are inspired by content made by somebody else. 

An attribution should include a statement about and/or a link to the creator. There is an attribution included under the picture on this page, and the picture is a link back to the original image. Click here to see guidelines for image attributions.

Sometimes your teacher will want you to use formal attributions called citations. If you need to create a bibliography in MLA, APA or other formats, there are websites that will create the citations for you.


TaskTask for 6th-12th: Try one of these free, online citation creators. Enter the title of a book...