Mrs. Melanie Lewis
As school is winding down your student may be asked to reflect or write a report on a subject, idea, person, or place in which they studied over the course of the year. When writing your student is cautioned about copyright laws. Copyright is a difficult concept to wrap a mind around for students; however you can support the teachers by enforcing this concept at home. One of the best ways is to start your child thinking as an author. You can tell them that whenever they write a poem or story or even a paper for their class, or a drawing or other artwork, they automatically own the copyright to it.
Copyright is a form of protection given to the authors or creators of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and other intellectual works. What that means is that, as the author of the work, they alone have the right to do any of the following or to let others do any of the following:
make copies of their work;
distribute copies of their work;
perform your their publicly;
display their work publicly;
make “derivative works” (including making modifications, adaptations or other
new uses of a work, or translating the work to another media).
By getting a child to recognize they have the same rights as does some of the well known authors, musicians, etc they read or listen to will help them understand why copyright is so important for us all.