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The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
Click here to view or download a PDF of this report. Coordinated by: The Media Education Lab,Temple UniversityThe Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property,American University Washington College of LawThe Center for Media & Social Impact,American University With funding from: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation And additional support from: The Ford Foundation,by way of the Future of Public Media Project Introduction Principles of Fair Use in Media Literacy Education 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Conclusion Common Myths About Fair Use Notes What This Is This document is a code of best practices that helps educators using media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. What This Isn't This code of best practices does not tell you the limits of fair use rights. It’s not a guide to using material that people give the public permission to use, such as works covered by Creative Commons licenses. How This Document Was Created Media Literacy Education

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If not for Congress, Superman, Lassie and Scrabble would be free for anyone to reproduce tomorrow On Jan. 1, a whole raft of artistic and intellectual works will be making their way into the public domain — or they would be if Congress hadn't extended copyright terms for the umpteenth time in 1998. At its core, copyright is meant to protect authors and creators. But as we've seen recently with a battle over Sherlock Holmes, copyrights can sometimes prevent well-meaning fans from showing the depth of their appreciation for a work by becoming creators themselves. These days things that were published before 1978 enjoy copyright protections of up to 95 years, but that wasn't always the case. Under the rules Congress made before the most recent term extension, rights-holders of older works were protected for just 75 years — at which point the work would enter the public domain and be free for anyone to use or riff upon.

Tools for the TEKS: Integrating Technology in the Classroom "Do I have to get permission to use this?" "Is this legal?" "If it doesn't have the copyright symbol on it, is it still copyrighted?" These are important questions, but unfortunately there are often not clear answers to them. Misconceptions abound among educators today about what uses of multimedia are permissible and legal in the classroom under US copyright law, and it is critical to address and correct these ideas. The advent of mp3 file compression has heralded a new day for music piracy, and online services like Napster have morphed into "peer to peer" (P2P) file sharing clients apparently out of legislative reach, like Morpheous, Kazaa, Limewire, and many others.

32,000 Years of Technology in Education [Video] Educators have come a long way since the cave drawings of 30,000 B.C.E. and the dial-up Internet connections of the mid-1990s. But while the tools have changed, the approach, in many ways, has not. Teachers and professors should look at technology as a way to engage students and prepare them for real-world skills. If that means learning to communicate by drawing on the wall of cave, then teachers 32,000 years ago were onto something!

What Is Copyright Infringement? Examples That May Surprise You There are a few things going on here. First of all, let’s forget about the existing translation and look back at the definition of a derivative work from the first question. It’s pretty clear that without the original book, there could be no translation whatsoever—the de facto definition of “derivative.”

Current Issues in Higher Ed Copyright Not the post I promised, but this week has been a little... weird. Mostly for good reasons. One of the good things this week was that I met with the University Senate Library Committee to touch base on copyright issues.

Study: Piracy actually helps small films make money "Harry Potter" and other big-budget blockbusters benefited from the shutdown of Megaupload more than small- and medium-size films. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures) Stopping Internet piracy may benefit filmmakers -- but only some filmmakers, and only some of the time. That’s one of the implications, at least, of a newly updated study by economists at the Munich School of Management and Copenhagen Business School. Drawing from nearly five years' worth of data, the economists compared box office revenues before and after the shutdown of, the infamous file-hosting site that, by its own numbers, once accounted for 4 percent of daily Internet traffic.

s Copyright and Fair Use Resources This is a tool that explains everything you need to know about copyright, and then some! Learn what copyright is and is not, what it protects, what Public Domain is, what the difference is between Copyright and Plagiarism, and a LOT more. Do you remember what the acronym DMCA stands for? Click on the twelfth item in the Table of Contents to find a link to The Ultimate DMCA Guide for Students. Hint: Copyright Infringement Consequences. There are several other pertinent links and resources listed under Table of Contents item twelve.

Q&A with Must-Read Blogger Andreas Brockhaus of the University of Washington Bothell Andreas Brockhaus is the Director of Learning Technology at the University of Washington Bothell. In addition to his administrative duties, Andreas is a frequent contributor to the UW Bothell Learning Technologies Blog which provides 3,500 students and faculty with resources and tech news. At EdTech, we've been following the blog for a while and selected it as part of the 50 Must-Read Higher Education IT Blogs. Thanks Andreas for sitting down with us! EdTech: Who do you think is leading the way in higher education technology? Andreas: Any organization that is concentrating on discovering evidence of impact of technology on student learning is, in my opinion, leading the way in higher education technology.

Copyright Crash Course The Copyright Crash Course was created by Georgia Harper and is currently maintained by UT Libraries. The Course is arranged into several sections that allow users to explore certain areas of copyright law individually or as a group. The Course was originally created with faculty in mind, but can be used by anyone who is interested in understanding and managing their copyrights. If you need to take the Crash Course tutorial, click here. Version 1 of the Copyright Crash Course is available via Texas ScholarWorks. Copyright & IP Updating copyright and intellectual property laws to meet the challenges of the networked environment has been a key focus for Congress, the courts, and state legislatures for many years. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, peer-to-peer file sharing and digital rights management, legislation to create additional protections for databases, the Stop Online Piracy Act, the Protect IP Act, orphan works, and more have dominated the agenda. In addition, ARL, working with the Center for Social Media at American University and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property in American University’s Washington College of Law, prepared a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. Below are links to information and resources on key topics in copyright and intellectual property. Fair Use Read more >>

eSchool News Finding copyright-friendly photos for the Google Images generation Searching and citing usable images is easy once students learn the basics Teaching students to respect the intellectual property of others is important in this digital “cut and paste” world we live in. One great project to share with students that can better help them understand how and when they may use images created by others is the Creative Commons project. Creative Commons is designed to span the gap between full copyright and the public domain.

Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright skip navigation Library of Congress Teachers Suggestions enabled. Digital Portfolios Digital Portfolios Note to all visitors: If any of the documents don’t open for you, try finding them at If you want to contribute to this e-portfolio or digital portfolio page, please add your thoughts in the comments box. Please say which programs the students used, or whether they utilized Web2 tools like blogs or Wikis. Thanks! A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit However fabulous Creative Commons and Public Domain content may be, sometimes you really need to use copyrighted material. Say you plan to comment on popular media or current events. For instance, you may be planning to critique the portrayal of Native Americans in commercial films. You are going to want to “quote” some commercial films like Pocahontas, Lone Ranger, and Dances with Wolves.