Human Right Number Twenty-Seven
Copyright is a special law that protects one’s own artistic creations and writings; others cannot make copies without permission. We all have the right to our own way of life and to enjoy the good things that art, science and learning bring.
Is it fair to take someone’s creation and make money from it for yourself? Why or why not?
Is it fair to use someone’s creation without paying or asking permission?
What if someone offers you a copy of someone else’s work (like a DVD) and you know they didn’t pay for it, but they’re offering it at a very low price. Is he or she a thief? (Answer should be YES.) What do you do?
Why do you think they call these illegal copies “pirated copies”? What did pirates do? (They stole from other people.)
Have the students open a book and find the copyright symbol. It is usually on one of the beginning pages, with information about the publisher.
Look at logos for famous fashion designers, pick a logo and draw it as it is supposed to be and draw it again a bit altered. Learn what are some of the key recognizable features in certain designers brands and how to spot fakes.
Do a google search for famous quotes and pick one you like. Practice telling a partner that you made that quote up. Talk about how it makes you feel to take credit for someone else idea.
Resist the temptation to play all 30 human rights videos at this point. Save those for each meeting that follows. Carry out the activities and let your students’ own visions of the 30 human rights materialize as the lessons unfold, one at a time.
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