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Putting the Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism to Work

“Too often, journalists think of copyright as something to fear, and these principles present it instead as opportunities for journalism and reporting,” said Poynter Institute’s Ellyn Angelotti, organizer of the TEDxPoynter event in St. Petersburg, FL on June 7.

“At my newspaper, we’re all tweeting and blogging all the time, and this will really help us,” said Eric Deggans, media critic of the Tampa Bay Times.

Those were two of the many responses journalists had at TEDxPoynter, where I gave the kickoff presentation. Read more...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Using Materials without Permission in Journalism

In this month's fEmailingair use question a journalist grapples with how to expose a price-gouging scheme via access to emails he/she does not have permission to publish.

Dear Center for Social Media,

I've been working on an investigative series about local school board contracts, for an online investigative news service. Read more...

Can Fair Use Improve Sports Coverage Online?

Tyndall ReportIt seems that broadcast journalists are unnecessarily curtailing their online sports coverage, because of copyright concerns. By using the Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism, created by journalists for journalists, they could be making wiser choices.

Andrew Tyndall, the author of The Tyndall Report, which authoritatively and critically covers broadcast network news coverage, has emailed us to share fascinating research results. Read more...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Displaying Corporate Ads and Logos in Documentary

VegetablesIn this month's fair use question, a documentary filmmaker expresses her concerns about displaying advertisements and logos from a grocery store on screen.

Dear CSM:

I'm making a documentary on an organic grocery store in my community that is actually "far-from-green."  I hope to include images of their newspaper ads, focusing on disputable claims. I might have to show the whole ad. Is that a problem? Read more...

Journalists’ Fair Use Principles Fight Self-censorship

Set of Principles in Fair Use for JournalismIt's official! The Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism has launched with Center director Pat Aufderheide's TEDx talk at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. You can follow the conversation on the Center's Twitter feed or with hashtags #fairuse and #journalism.