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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 Related:  Copyright

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. By that older baseline, the public starting tomorrow would have a huge amount of new and culturally relevant material to work with. Superman "A Christmas Carol" M.C. Lassie

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. I was asked to provide a summary of some current hot copyright issues in higher education - so here's that summary (with bonus links to more info!) Georgia State Case (aka Cambridge University Press et al v. Individuals at Georgia State University were sued over the use of journal articles in password-protected electronic reserves and course websites. Oral arguments were heard in June, and an opinion is expected at any time. More information: My own prior posts on this case.Kevin Smith's "A Nightmare Scenario for Higher Education" UCLA Case (aka AIME et al. v. The Regents of UCLA, as well as some individuals, were sued over the conversion of video content owned by the University to online streaming formats. Golan v. Campus licenses (CCC; CPC; Canada) Google Books settlement

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. That did happen for some films, like “Harry Potter” and “Ice Age” -- a finding some economists have reached before. How is that possible? For “Harry Potter,” that’s no big deal -- everyone knows about “Harry Potter,” courtesy of Warner Brothers’ massive advertising budget. “We believe that our study offers an important implication for policy,” the authors write -- but an “important complication” may be more accurate. Update: These findings are, to no one's surprise, pretty controversial.

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 >> Author Rights Read more >> Legislation Read more >> International 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. The Creative Commons project provides content creators the opportunity to state ahead of time how their images may (or may not) be used. When an image creator posts an image online and applies a Creative Commons license to it, there are four conditions/restrictions they can apply to the image: 1. Here is a sample of what a Creative Commons license may look like. Now, of course, in the “old” days, we would suggest students write to image creators and ask permission to use their image.

Article: Can These Videos be Shown in a Classroom? - Library Video Company How many times have you seen the phrase "For Home Use Only" on a videotape and wondered if it was really OK to show the program to students in a classroom or a library setting? While there has been a lot of confusion in this area, the U.S. copyright laws are quite clear in offering guidance on this question. The question can easily be answered by examining the context in which the video is being shown. First, you'll need some background. There are four main criteria that must be met before an educator should feel comfortable in showing a videotape or DVD in their classroom. The Report of the House Committee on the Judiciary, Report No 94-1476, which accompanied the passage of the Act in 1976, provides assistance in interpreting the four requirements of the classroom exemption. 1) The term "instructors" is defined as the designated teacher of a class and may also include a guest lecturer or substitute teacher.

How Not to Steal People's Content on the Web The best content marketers aren't afraid to share. Share content. Share links. Share ideas. Share data. The thing is, sometimes marketers get a little protective of their stuff because there are less-than-scrupulous people out there who take content and then try to pass it off as their own. But sometimes it isn't a matter of people being jerks -- they might just not know how the internet "works." Bonus: Download our collection of royalty-free stock photos here -- no attribution required. So to clear up any confusion and ensure you (and anyone you do business with) is following generally accepted internet sharing etiquette, this post will outline how to cite internet sources. How to Cite Sources in Blog Posts & Long-Form Content Assets Blogs are hotbeds of source attribution issues, probably just due to the sheer volume of content the format offers. Citation Scenario #1: Citation Scenario #2: Now let's say you have data you'd like to cite in a blog post. Citation Scenario #3: Make sense?

Copyright Advisory Office The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education | Center for Media & Social Impact Coordinated by: The Media Education Lab, Temple University The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law The Center for Media & Social Impact, American University With funding from: The John D. and Catherine T. And additional support from: The Ford Foundation, by way of the Future of Public Media Project Introduction 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. This guide identifies five principles that represent the media literacy education community’s current consensus about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials, wherever and however it occurs: in K–12 education, in higher education, in nonprofit organizations that offer programs for children and youth, and in adult education. What This Isn't This code of best practices does not tell you the limits of fair use rights. Fair Use Conclusion

Educational Exemptions in the U.S. Copyright Code The U.S. Copyright Code provides for the educational use of copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder under certain conditions. To find out if your intended use meets the requirements set out in the law, use this free, online tool. [disclaimer] This tool can also help you collect information detailing your educational use and provide you with a summary in PDF format. This tool is valid for those uses that meet the requirements and which take place within the United States. THIS TOOL IS:Intended as a source of information for educators & others to better understand the educational exemptions available in the U.S. THIS TOOL IS NOT: A source of legal advice. A legal copy is one that was legally obtained (purchased from a reputable vendor, checked out from a library, etc.). This exemption covers what is normally an exclusive right of the copyright holder - the right to display or perform a copyrighted work.

untitled Know Your Copy Rights :: Part II: Uses in the Online Classroom / Course Management System Below you'll find answers to these frequently asked questions: How do I know if the work I want to use is copyrighted? What is the setting for the class where I want to display or hand out a copy of the work—in person or online? Many copyrighted works are accessed through a campus license that can override copyright. How do I know if the work I want to use is covered by such a license? The work I want to use in my online class is both copyrighted and free of any license. Copyright protection arises automatically the moment an original work is fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Another exception is works produced by US government employees as part of their job; these are not copyrighted, neither is government information. The safe bet or default assumption is that everything you are likely to use is copyrighted, unless it’s really old or produced by the US government. Of course, this does not automatically mean that you need permission to use it in some way for teaching. a. b. c.

Things That Can Happen When You Get Caught Breaking Copyright Laws Copyright laws exist to protect individuals' and organizations' proprietary creations, granting creators of proprietary property the sole right to produce, distribute and profit from their own creation for a set number of years. In order to maintain these protections, copyright laws are paired with criminal and civil penalties for those caught reproducing or stealing copyrighted goods. The consequences of breaking copyright laws extend beyond the courtroom, as well, as publicized copyright-infringement cases can damage a company's reputation for years. Civil Lawsuits The first line of defense for copyright holders is civil litigation, in which the owner of a copyright sues a transgressor in civil court. According to the U.S. Criminal Charges In addition to making financial restitution to copyright holders, those caught breaking copyright law can face serious criminal penalties. Damaged Reputation End Result About the Author Photo Credits Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use Embed imageView/download PDFThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) presents the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries (PDF), a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. The Code was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University. In dozens of interviews with veteran research and academic librarians, the researchers learned how copyright law comes into play as interviewees performed core library functions. Then, in a series of small group discussions held with library policymakers around the country, the research team developed a consensus approach to applying fair use. The Code deals with such common questions in higher education as: When and how much copyrighted material can be digitized for student use? Such codes have a powerful effect both in law and practice.