Digital Citizenship - Ethical use of computers

Watch the Brainpop video "Copyright". (In Engineering & Tech/Digital Citizenship)
1. Login to the MOSS School Portal on the AIS web site.
Click on the Brainpop link on the MOSS Home Page in the Student's Links.

  • It is important we understand that when using our laptop we should act in an ethical manner
  • That is, we should do the right thing
  • We agree not to download pirated, illegal or innappropriate files or software
  • We should always observe copyright
  • And acknowledge where we have used someone else’s original works


  • Copyrights are legal protection given to authors of creative works
    • Any kind of original work – video, music, computer program etc
  • The copyright holder has certain rights that can be enforced by a court of law
    • Only the copyright holder has the rights to copy their work and distribute it
    • They can give other people the right to copy their work as well
    • Only the copyright holder has the right to display their work publicly
  • No-one else has the right to use, copy or display this work in public without the permission of the copyright holder
  • Copyright was established to motivate people to be creative
  • Copyright protects the tangible expressions of ideas
  • Reproducing or copying copyright work is called infringement
  • If you infringe on someone else’s copyright you could end up in court and have to pay money to the copyright holder
  • There can be ‘fair use’ of copyright in education, commentary or parody (making fun of something)
    • Using only a small portion can also be considered ‘fair use’
  • Always ask the author’s permission before you use, copy or download copyrighted material
  • Media posted on the internet is protected by copyright
    • Text, images, music and video