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Jan 20 2012

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Media literacy scholars and legal advisors developed this code of best practices to help educators make thoughtful decisions about interpreting the copyright doctrine of fair use to support media literacy education. The guide is a starting point for thinking about how copyrighted materials can be used in media literacy lessons, curriculum materials, and student creative work.
This video introduces the Center for Social Media's Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Online Video. It presents six principles of fair use, under which creators can use copyrighted material in online video. For each principle, the code gives a thorough description of how the principle can be applied, as well as the rationale and limitations creators should consider.
In order to help documentary filmmakers navigate the U.S. copyright law's frequently misunderstood doctrine of fair use, veteran documentarians collaborated to create the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use. This professional guide can serve as a valuable teaching tool for educators of aspiring filmmakers.
Students making documentaries, or perhaps PSAs or digital stories in social studies, might benefit from this comic book by the Duke Center for the Study of the Public Domain. Written by Keith Aoki, James Boyle, and Jennifer Jenkins, Bound By Law follows the adventures of a documentary filmmaker as she tries to navigate fair use.
In his resource, The Dilemma of Copyright and Digital Texts, Joseph Conroy from the National Writing Project site NWP@Rutgers, documents how he went from misunderstanding and ignoring copyright to claiming his rights as an educator and creator under the copyright doctrine of fair use. Here, in the conclusion to his resource, Conroy presents a list of tools and links for educators interested in making this important transition. 

Addressing Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom

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Is it free for the taking? Or am I breaking the law? Our classrooms have gone digital, and we find ourselves teaching not only the traditional essentials like reading and writing, but new essentials like digital citizenship and online ethics. Is it always wrong to use an image you find on the Internet? High profile copyright lawsuits like those against Napster have instilled in many of us a fear of violating copyright law. However, the copyright law's doctrine of fair use allows educators, students, professional media creators, and others to use copyrighted materials in certain situations. Fair use provides space for remixing, sampling, and mash-ups. Fair use allows for parody, satire, commentary, discussion, and criticism. Understanding fair use is a critical element of the digital classroom. 

This collection gathers resources shared on Digital Is that can be used by teachers and students to better understand their rights in regard to the copyright law's doctrine of fair use. The doctrine of fair use is not a definitive "do this, don't do that" guide to the use of copyrighted material. Instead, it can be interpreted differently depending on the specific situation in question. Several professional organizations have created codes of best practices to help practitioners in various fields determine whether use of copyrighted material is advised in different situations. Three of the five resources in this collection present different codes of best practices, all of which could be used in classroom lessons addressing copyright and fair use.

The first resource in the collection, Code of Best Practices for Media Literacy Educators, helps educators make informed decisions about the use of copyrighted materials in lessons and student work. The second resource highlights the Code of Best Practices for Online Video, which can also be applied to student work, as students are increasingly creating mixed-media projects and videos to demonstrate learning. The third resource, Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, was created for professional documentary filmmakers, but can be a guide for student filmmakers as well. The fourth resource featured in this collection continues to look at the specific challenges for documentarians with the comic book Bound By Law: Tales from the Public Domain. From Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain, this comic was created to look at the delicate balance between intellectual property and the public domain. Finally, in the last resource, Joseph Conroy, of NWP@Rutgers, presents a recommended collection of tools for educators interested in unraveling the dillemma of copyright and digital texts.

Creative Commons Licence


<p>I have recently found Flickr to be a great resource for copyright-free photos. There are four different types of searches you can do on the site. There is always the public search, which may sometimes find copyright-free photos if an individual allows such. There are also many different people out there that allows different uses through "creative commons."&nbsp;</p> <p>What I really like is that two of the searches involve "the common" and "US Government Works" and as I have double-checked through all the photos, they are copyright free.</p> <p>Now, you have to be creative with how you could use the photos, but most from "the common" are really old photos that are great for social studies.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a journalism teacher, they come handy, sometimes, with caption information, so it's a great place to find photos to teach composition and caption writing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>I love Flickr for finding images to use! Great tip, Evan. I didn't know about searching "copyright free" or "the common." I will definitely try that in the future.</p><p>I will just add that I often search Flickr for images that are licensed under Creative Commons. There are different licenses within CC, some ask only for attribution, some you can use but not edit, some you are free to edit. Check out the CC photos at Flickr here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/." target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Great article. Flickr, the photo-sharing branch of Yahoo, give lots of info about copyright. For example, Attribution Only is the least restrictive; all you have to do is cite the author, and in Flickr's case, it's a URL that goes to the photo's home.</p>