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Public Media 2.0: Argue about it

What could public media be tomorrow? We know the advantages and flaws of the media that stimulate our public culture now--our public radio and TV, our newspapers and magazines, our cable access and DBS channels and so forth. But what could public media look like when it's crossed with web 2.0 tools? Take a look, in our new publication Public Media 2.0: Dynamic, Engaged Publics--available at futureofpublicmedia.net. And argue about it.Read more...

Woody Wickham’s Legacies

It’s taken a little time to fathom that Woody Wickham is really gone. Woody, who was a funder and mentor of many media arts efforts over the last 25 years, had a resurgence of a gall bladder cancer and passed away with dignity in Chicago last month. He was 66 years old. His legacies are everywhere in the world of public media. This year’s Making Your Media Matter conference at the Center for Social Media is dedicated to him.Read more...

Doc Filmmakers: Rescue Fair Use from the DMCA

We're looking for your story--by January 30. Have you ever found yourself unable to make the documentary work you wanted to make, because you could not access the copyrighted material you needed? That happens to lots of people who could quote copyrighted material—perhaps a clip from a Hollywood film, perhaps a snatch of music—that is locked up in an encrypted DVD. As you know, breaking code on a DVD violates the law—even when you are trying to access content you have a legal right to!Read more...

Fair Use Code for Open Courseware Coming Up

Some universities such as MIT, Yale, Stanford and others--gathered in an Open Courseware Consortium or OCWC-- now offer "open courseware." Open Courseware means freely available course materials such as syllabi, lectures and other course materials. But sometimes the course materials are cripplingly incomplete, because the universities avoid posting any third-party copyrighted material online. Read more...

Educause Webinar for Librarians on Fair Use

Educause, the leading organization on higher education and information technology, highlighted the issue of Fair Use and best practices in a live webinar attended by hundreds and accessed by many more in archived form. Watch here.Read more...