The Media Education Lab at Temple University has produced a pamphlet regarding copyright entitled Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education. Two weeks ago at the GCT Reload, this was the topic of “Conquering Copyright Confusion” presented by Kristin Hokanson. I was astonished to learn that, unlike what I grew up thinking, “copyright is not an owner’s right!” According to Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution, the purpose of copyright is:
To promote creativity, innovation and the spread of knowledge
Did any of you from the States know this?
Kristin began by having us consider how kids use media both inside AND outside of school. Think about that for a moment, and I’m certain most of you will realize there IS a difference, especially those of you with children or those of you who teach.
The Doctrine of Fair Use, which forms the basis of the Code of Best Practices, is based on Section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, an explanation of which follows in video produced by the Media Ed Lab:
You can learn more about the Code of Best Practices at:
- The Media Education Lab’s Code of Best Practices
- The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use pamphlet produced by the Lab
- the Media Lab’s page about Copyright and Fair Use
In addition, you can listen to a lively, entertaining and informative discussion, Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, with Lawrence Lessig, Shepard Fairey, and Steven Johnson which took place last month at the New York Public Library.
FYI Shepard Fairey is the street artist who created this image of Barack Obama, and around which a brouhaha emerged over copyright.