Copyright on the Internet


With the shift to online learning, caused by restrictions imposed on school closures, students have started to focus on searching for data and information on Internet more and more often. It is important to teach them how to choose appropriate sources of information, and how to edit, create, publish and share digital content. Such way of learning and teaching is mostly focused on online environment and project teaching, so it is extremely important that students analyse the ethical issues arising from the use of computer technology.

This school year, in order to participate in a series of online events at the Commercial and Trade School of Split (Komercijalno trgovačka škola Split) as well as ‘STEM Discovery Campaign 2021‘, the students will create their digital content (infographics, posters, videos…), and use the content found on the Internet. To prepare for this they have to be aware of ways and rules for its usage.

How to use Creative Commons license?

We organized an introductory online workshop ‘Copyright Protection and License Use’ with a special focus on Creative Commons licenses.

After the motivational video, we have educated students on what they should keep in mind while using CC licenses.

Here are some key elements:

  • Digital content published under a particular license may continue to be used after the content has been removed
  • CC licenses low suitable for licensing software tools and programs
  • Make sure that the work does not contain any other rights related to copyright (related rights). Especially those works that include several elements, such as text, images, music, state
  • What you want to achieve by sharing content
  • Consider the possibility of introducing extended permits in the license

Students created licenses using the Creative Commons website. They connected with the permits (BY, BY-SA, BY-NC, BY-ND, BY-NC-ND, BY-NC-SA) and the corresponding graphic symbols. Further they assigned the desired licenses to their works.

Where to search for licensed digital content?

Students are also familiar with some of the services that publish digital content under Creative Commons licenses so students can find it and download digital content published under the default Creative Commons license.

Picture provided by with with adequate authorization to be shared – Attribution CC-BY

In our opinion it is extremely important to educate students on how to work in an online environment that does not only involve the use of tools.

COVID19 pandemic has steered us in a new way of learning and teaching. As teachers, we realised how ICT is changing our teaching practice, and we are acknowledging the need for education to use Internet in accordance with the laws and rules. Behind every digital work and published text or photo there is someone’s work and effort that needs to be respected.

Picture provided by with with adequate authorization to be shared – Attribution CC-BY

By following the rules, we will avoid potential legal issues, and make the web a more comfortable place for both authors and users.

About the author: Vanja Perković graduated from the University of Electrical Engineering in Split.  She has been working in education for twenty-five years and holds trainings and courses on the use of ICT to various user profiles. She worked on editing and publishing literature that follows the contents of courses on the use of various IT devices, tools and applications. Applying modern teaching methods in her work, she actively promotes the development of digital competencies among teachers and students.

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