So What the Heck is Fair Use & How’s It Suppose to Protect My Butt

mouseguySo now I’m working on step two of my three part media merry-go-round: Fair-Use (Part 1: Copyright; Part 2: Fair-Use; Part 3: Creative Commons). It’s hard to talk about one without talking about the others. We talked about Copyright last week, but whenever the conversation shifted to usage than Fair-Use and Creative Commons were ready to take up the call. If anything I think I pumped up the interest in what Fair-Use and Creative Commons can do to answer the dilemma presented by the ongoing Copyright controversy. So the following is the ongoing working prototype for part 2:

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typingkidWhen:Third week Tuesday OR Thursday @ 8:30 pm ET (you only need to attend one session per week)So What the Heck is Fair Use & How’s It Suppose to Protect My Butt

 

Pre-session videos & Information: Please make sure to preview the following videos and read through the information listed below before our session together

Fair-Use Fairy Tale

Copyright Basics – Reviewed:
Definition of Copyright:
* Permanently fixed work that can be seen or heard
* Only copyright owner can use the work

What can be Copyrighted:
* books
* plays
* films/movies
* dance
* music

Copyright Duration
* lifetime + 70 years – company 100 years

Facts About Fair Use:
1. There are limits to _______
2. A small bit can be used for: a. ______________, b. ______________, c. ________________, d. _______________
3. Three conditions to consider toward whether something is Fair Use: a. ______________, b. ______________, c. _________________
4. Fair-Use is not a ____________, it is a ________ ________ ___________

Check out the website http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/fair_use for a remarkable list of “Best Practices” publications, especially a PDF called Online Best Practices in Fair Use and the following videos:

Fair Use and Free Speech in Documentary Film

ReMix Culture: Fair Use is Your Friend:

The last video is an optional video on how current copyright law is getting in the way of documentary makers presenting important social events in our recent history:

Sources:
Youtube video: A Fair(y) Use Tale by Eric Faden/Media Education Foundation, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJn_jC4FNDo retrieved on 7/18/2009

Youtube video: How to Copyright : Learn What Cannot Be Protected Under Copyright Law by Nathan Boehme/Expert Village, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAfKVg4SACY retrieved on 6/8/2009

Youtube video: Fair Use and Free Speech in Documentary Film produced by Center for Social Media School of Communication American University, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY-2YshuJ8o retrieved on 7/18/2009

Blip.tv video: ReMix Culture: Fair Use is Your Friend: produced by Center for Social Media School of Communication American University, http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/resources/publications/fair_use_in_online_video/ retrieved on 7/18/2009

PDF document: Online Best Practices in Fair Use produced by Center for Social Media School of Communication American University, http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/resources/publications/fair_use_in_online_video/ retrieved on 7/18/2009

Youtube video: Eyes on the Fair Use of The Prize directed and produced by Jacob Caggiano, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r0pM1hJGU8 retrieved on 7/18/2009

One comment

  • Joe,
    Thanks for linking to our work! If there are ever any specific fair use questions that are not detailed in on of our many fair use publications, please send us an email at socialmedia@american.edu and we’d be happy to offer our advice. We are not lawyers, so it won’t be real legal advice, but we’d be happy to share our thoughts on relevant fair use situations.
    Best of luck to all who are working to be informed responsible media makers.
    Micael Bogar
    Center for Social Media

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