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May 02, 2014

Music Distribution and Copyright

Grade Level:




This guided discussion will help students understand copyright law, especially its relevance in this technology-based era. It begins by probing students’ experiences with online media, and eliciting their understanding of copyright. The formal definition can then be presented. A hypothetical copyright conflict between the Jims Brothers and the FrontStreet Boys will illustrate the complexity of copyright law in this technological era.


Time needed:

45-60 minutes


Materials required:

Music Distribution and Copyright Lesson Plan

Music Distribution and Copyright PowerPoint


National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 7: Production, Distribution, and Consumption

Theme 8: Science, Technology, and Society

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices