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Fair Use and Libraries

The Center's Pat Aufderheide is co-principal investigator on a three-year research project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project will investigate the problems that research and academic libraries and librarians have in meeting their mission, given prevalent concerns and confusions about copyright and fair use. It will, on the basis of that knowledge, develop a code of best practices in fair use for research libraries. Read more...

Communication Scholarship Hobbled by Copyright Confusion

With the International Communication Association, the Center is releasing today Clipping Our Own Wings: Copyright and Creativity in Communication Research, a 17 page report on the problems communication scholars have with copyright policy.Read more...

Fair Use at SXSW

When The People vs. George Lucas' Kerry Roy mentioned the Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use from the stage, I whooped. I couldn’t help it—it was the first time I’d heard the statement acknowledged in that setting. But Roy wasn’t the only filmmaker who told me that the Statement was an essential tool of production these days; it was a routine mention in my hallway conversations with filmmakers. Read more...

UCLA Does the Right Thing by Fair Use

UCLA, which in January yanked down videos being streamed for classroom use as a result of bullying by a trade association has rediscovered that educators have fair use rights. Now, UCLA professors can post videos again within their passworded class sites online. Read more...

Stupid Takedown Tricks

Remix videos, mashups, memorials, fan videos and other works that build in copyrighted material sometimes get taken down from YouTube and other video sites, because automatic bot programs identify copyrighted material. And then stupidity ensues. Read more...