Unit 8: Digital Law

Value: This unit is valued at 34pts.

Meaning: The electronic resposibility for actions and deeds.


in 2014 a court in Canada ruled that police need a warrent to obtain the identity of an internet address owner. This added a layer of protection for you (the user) that is only as strong as the desire of the internet provider to protect you individually. At the same time Nova Scotia officially made cyber-bullying acts illegal and promissed offenders or their parents will face harsh penalties in the future.

Digital law is quickly being updated and acts like piracy, bullying, and intentions to cause harm once hidden by the internet are landing people serious jail time and fines. It is time to become aware of the capabilities of law enforcement online and also copyright laws which specifically protect intellectual property.

The issues:

Digital Piracy


Sexting and child abuse images


Copyright Infringement 


Activity 1: Copy - Wrongs and Copyrights (34pts)

Using the copy of Copyright Matters! (3rd edition) complete the following scavenger hunt for copyright facts.

These facts are current, truth, and will let you move forward knowing when you are breaking digital law. You may be tested on this material.

1. For which pruposes does "Fair Dealings" protect a person when using others' materials? (pg2 top)

2. How much of another's work can be copied under fair dealings? (pg 3 top) 

3. Can you share 10% then another 10% then another 10% of the same work.........Explain? (pg 3 mid)

4. Can a fee be charged by a place when providing other's copyrighted work without permission? (pg 3 bottom)

5. Can teachers copy and use other's work for the purpose of teaching and tests? (pg 4) 

6. Can a school make a large print book for a student with vision problems without permission? (pg 5 bottom)

7. Can teachers and students use audio or video for school projects at school? If so what are the rules? (pg 7)

8. Can students at school preform a play or play music that is copyrighted? Explain. (pg 8-9)

9. Can schools legally play music at their own dances and sporting events without getting permission from SOCAN? Explain. (pg 10 bottom)

10. What are the key questions to use when figuring out if video and music use is legal by staff and students? (pg 11 bottom)

11. Can students and teachers use other's copyright protected work to create NEW works? If yes are their rules? (pg 12)

12. Can a teacher or student rent or buy a dvd and show it in class? Explain. (pg 15 top)

13. Can a teacher or student copy a dvd or show at home and show that in class or school? Explain. (pg 15 bottom) 

14. Can the owner of computer software make a copy? Explain. (pg 17)

15. Can teachers and students copy from the internet? Are there rules? (pg 18)

16. Are the works you create in school copyright protected? Explain how you feel about this. (pg 19)

17. Look at pg. 22 and examine the references given. Make up a FAKE book or story and practice making a reference for the book. Put the author, title, dates etc.... in the right spots. (You are going to try and copy the correct way to reference a book by making up fake info about a fake book and placing it in the right spot.)

Hand in these responses to your teacher for review. You now are aware of copyright laws regarding your role as a student and you have a resource you can refer back to frequently. 


Extend your learning: OPTIONAL

Digital piracy is the act of downloading material that you would normally have to pay for without paying a fee. Its popularity is growing and each and every person who participates is breaking the law. 

How can digital media providers get their products to us without the worry of it being stolen and copied for free? What is your solution that will make piracy too difficult to continue or impossible in the future?

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