Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Copyright Topic Page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.

Before the Movie


Where have you seen the idea of copyright used before?

Why might copyright be important?


During the Movie (Pause Points)


Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:


Timecode 1:43: What rights do you have as an artist have if your work is copyrighted?

Timecode 2:02: In what way does copyright encourage people to be creative?

Timecode 3:00: Why do you think ideas cannot be copyrighted?

Timecode 4:24: What factors determine “fair use” of a work?


After the Movie


Why might authors, musicians, and other artists care about having their work copyrighted?

What do you think is the purpose of “fair use”?


*BrainPOP’s Discussion Questions and Prompts align to CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards.