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Wikipedia’s Town Hall on Sarah Palin Techn

Some time ago, I argued that you could see Wikipedia as "the new town hall." Wikipedia entries aren’t stable encyclopedia entries, even if they look like it; they are active, constantly morphing sites of public discussion about how to understand something.
Others have made this point repeatedly, and probably Yochai Benkler has put the frame around the argument most authoritatively, in his Wealth of Networks. Read more...

Harry Potter and Fair Use

Once upon a time, a man named Vander Ark was devoted to the world of Harry Potter. He created an online reference source, often quoting or paraphrasing directly from J.K. Rowling's books; the source was widely appreciated, including by Rowling herself. Then he decided to publish it in book form. J.K. Rowling sued, and he defended himself with the copyright doctrine of Fair Use. And he lost. The judge found that he had taken too much of Rowling's creative work.Read more...

Fair Use Muscle-Flexing in Academia, over Kids' Fashion Ads

Colleague Chris Boulton, a student of the moral implications of popular culture, is also a warrior for the copyright rights of new creators. Read more...

Pubcasters and community engagement

Whether you’re in public broadcasting or not, it’s worth it to take a look at the just-posted remarks of National Center for Outreach director Maria Alvarez Stroud on trends in community engagement (made at the Public Radio Development and Mar Read more...

Online Video Fair Use Code, soon on YouTube!

When my colleagues and I shaped the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video, we knew it was a solid and reliable document, and also a useful one. Legal superstars such as my co-coordinator Peter Jaszi, and committee members Michael Donaldson, Anthony Falzone, Michael Madison, Pamela Samuelson, Rebecca Tushnet and Jennifer Urban, had worked on it. Read more...