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Re: [teacherartexchange] Mock Copyright Trial With A Twist


From: Rebecca Burch (mamallama_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Sep 09 2009 - 08:27:05 PDT

Hi, Judi --

That's a problem... it took almost a week and a half. We could have
gotten it done in a week, but we had a holiday, and we also lost a day
to an in-school event.

We spent 5 class days (50 minutes apiece) in the computer lab doing
research. I really could have made some of the research homework, but
I think it would lose something, because we had lots of lively
discussions about our findings. Nothing about copyright law is
cut-and-dry, so it was good for me to help them find answers to things
that aren't easy to find. (Sometimes, the best answer is to find a
precedent, which isnt' always easy to find.)

Maybe you could cut the time down by providing "evidence packets" for
each side to use to develop their case. It wouldnt' be as much fun as
researching the case on their own, but would save a lot of time.

Rebecca Burch

On Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 11:14 AM, Judi Morgan < > wrote:
> How long did this project take?  It is really very cool...we are just so
> cramped for time here!
> Judi
> Judi Morgan
> Saint George's School
> 2929 W. Waikiki Road
> Spokane, WA 99208
> 509.466.1636
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rebecca Burch
> Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 8:10 AM
> To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] Mock Copyright Trial With A Twist
> Hi, everyone!  A few of you wanted me to post something after doing my
> Mock Copyright Trial lesson, and I'm happy to report that it was a
> blast!
> To recap, I basically took Craig Roland's webquest "Deciding the Fate
> of Sherrie Levine" and substituted Sherrie Levine for Shepard Fairey.
> I know the Fairey case is more complicated than this, but for the sake
> of making this easier for high schoolers to decide, we assumed that
> Mannie Garcia (the AP photographer who took the photo Fairey allegedly
> used to create his "Hope" Obama poster) was suing Shepard Fairey for
> copyright infringement. We then used the basic format of Craig's
> webquest, allowing Sherrie Levine and the other artists to step in as
> witnesses.  We also made a few students members of the AP to speak on
> behalf of photojournalists.
> This worked really well, for a few reasons:
> 1.  I've had a copy of the Hope poster hanging in my classroom since
> this time last year, so finding something familiar in the midst of a
> huge controversy got their attention.
> 2.  There is a well-loved kid in one of the class who is sort of a
> graffiti-artist and is constantly getting in trouble for his "art"
> (which is darn good, despite the fact that it's vandalism and against
> the law) and of course, he jumped at the chance to portray Fairey.  He
> did the role justice, too!
> 3.  Using a current controversy made the lesson more fun, because more
> news on the case is literally coming in every day, so kids would get
> very excited about being the first to bring new news to me as it
> showed up on the 'net.
> It was a blast!  We really had a blast, and kids were very passionate
> about their roles.  I played the "judge" simply to keep order in our
> "court" and keep the trial rolling, and I'm glad I did because the
> trial could have gone on for weeks, I think!
> The kids really understand copyright, appropriation, and fair use,
> now.  Craig's mock trial has always been a great lesson for this, and
> we are really fortunate that this case happened when it did, so we
> could take advantage of a "teachable moment!"
> Thanks again, Craig, for what has become a favorite lesson in my
> classroom!  I hope you don't mind us changing it up a little bit.
> Rebecca Burch
> Charleston Catholic H.S.
> Charleston, WV
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