The workshop will introduce young people to ethical and legal aspects regarding the access and use of information. As photos are an important part of the digital life of young people, the workshop focuses mainly on teaching young people how to identify copyrights and how to give credits for free license photos or for photos under a Creative Commons license. Also, young people will learn about some tools and databases they can use for identifying and creating online content, while using free license photos or photos under a Creative Commons license.
Objectives of the workshop:
- To be aware and learn about the ethical and legal issues surrounding the access and use of information, mainly online;
- To understand the consequences of not respecting the copyrights put on information, such as photos available online;
- To be able to access and use correctly licensed information, such as photos, and to give copyright credits when creating online content.
Split the participants into teams of three members, and tell them that each team has to create a post for the Facebook group they are all in, for this workshop. The key words for the story are: cake, national day, national flag. They need to use a photo or more photos they find online, and add a message in the post, saying something about the photo they find.
At the end of the exercise, in group, check the posts the teams developed. Ask each team to tell from where they got the photo, and then check with them if the photo they used was license protected.
Reflect with the participants on the consequences of using license protected photos, without asking permission or paying for them.
Tell the participants the story about making 24,000 EUR from a Norwegian national day cake photo: in 2014, the Norwegian blogger, Anne Brith Davidsen, made a traditional cake for Norway National Day and put the photo online. The cake and the photo looked so appetizing that everyone started to use the photo online, including big stores. Since 2014, people and companies still use the photo without taking into consideration the copyright Anne Brith put on the photo. Thus, since then, the blogger sends an invoice to anyone who uses her picture without having purchased the rights. So far, she made over 24,000 euro. Read the full story (get help from Google Translate if you do not speak Norwegian) here.
Then, introduce to the participants the basics on the legal framework of copyrights and types of licenses; also, provide them with examples of sources where they can find free license photos or photos under a Creative Commons license, such as Google Image search, Flickr, Spark or Canva da- tabases. Also, instruct them on how they should credit these photos.
The teams show the pages they developed to the whole group.
Wrap-up the workshop session, by asking the participants to mention the main things they learned about legal and ethical issues on using and accessing information online.
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