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Fair Use Code for Open Courseware Coming Up

Some universities such as MIT, Yale, Stanford and others--gathered in an Open Courseware Consortium or OCWC-- now offer "open courseware." Open Courseware means freely available course materials such as syllabi, lectures and other course materials. But sometimes the course materials are cripplingly incomplete, because the universities avoid posting any third-party copyrighted material online. Read more...

Educause Webinar for Librarians on Fair Use

Educause, the leading organization on higher education and information technology, highlighted the issue of Fair Use and best practices in a live webinar attended by hundreds and accessed by many more in archived form. Watch here.Read more...

Fun watch: Lessig on Colbert

Check out Lawrence Lessig's recent appearance on the Colbert Report (below): he promotes his new book, Remix and discusses the problems with current copyright law. Also, check out these remixes of the Lessig/Colbert interview, or even create a remix of your own!Read more...

European Filmmakers and Fair Use

As U.S. documentary filmmakers have increasingly benefited from the copyright doctrine of Fair Use, European documentary filmmakers have cast about for how to similarly benefit. The trouble is, instead of the broad and flexible Fair Use doctrine, the many European nations instead have a variety of specific and inflexible exceptions and limitations. Read more...