Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New Fair Use Guidelines--Hallelujah!

The Center for Social Media has been working on this for a while, and they finally released today a "step-by-step-guide" simplifying all the ins and outs of copyright law.

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education outlines five principles, each with limitations:
Educators can, under some circumstances:

1. Make copies of newspaper articles, TV shows, and other copyrighted works, and use them and keep them for educational use.
2. Create curriculum materials and scholarship with copyrighted materials embedded.
3. Share, sell and distribute curriculum materials with copyrighted materials embedded.
Learners can, under some circumstances:
4. Use copyrighted works in creating new material
5. Distribute their works digitally if they meet the transformativeness standard.

You can download the guide here, or find more information here.

Here's a video they created; I'll use this with staff development!

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