Thursday, November 13, 2008

Copyright & Fair Use Guidelines

A new and important online publication has just been released: The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education. This document contains guidelines about fair use, and it is written not from the normal viewpoint of a publisher or lawyer, but from the viewpoint of an educator. The legal advisory board is very impressive, and was coordinated by the Media Education Lab, at Temple University, and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and the Center for Social Media, both at American University. It is also not aimed only at media literacy, but is a general discussion of the concept of fair use, which has always been one of the more nebulous areas of intellectual property law.

It is written in a highly readable, and more importantly: a practical style, plus, there are three versions of the guidelines: as a pdf download, as a webpage, and even as a streaming video. The AUR Library has cataloged this important publication, and it can be accessed through the AUR Library Catalog.

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