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Fair Use and Academic Freedom: Here Come the Communications Scholars

At the annual meeting of the International Communication Association a group of us formed a committee to create a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Communication Scholarship. Chris Boulton, a grad student at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, kicked it off with a story of not being permitted to file his M.A. thesis until he took out all copyrighted material. The problem was that the copyrighted material—pictures of children’s fashion advertisements—were the thesis’s core data. Read more...

Regulating Media 2.0

At the Quello Center’s annual symposium on communications and media policy "Rethinking Media Policy in the Age of New Media," a number of us spoke about regulating in the public interest. I argued, like many (including Free Press in its great new publication Changing Media), for a robust universal broadband policy. Read more...

Free Press, Plugging More and Better Public Media

Last Thursday’s Free Press Summit provided a shiny showcase for the media reform organization. Its organizers showed that it can pull a crowd of policy-wonks, bring in their luminaries (including the acting head of the Federal Communications Commission and two former heads), and get Ray Suarez to postpone his Newshour activities long enough to ask sharp questions of the once and future powerful. Moreover, Free Press debuted a thick tome of policy suggestions for Obama’s media reform agenda. Read more...

DMCA , Fair Use, Documentary Filmmakers and Remixers

On day two of the Copyright Office’s hearings about exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) , documentary filmmakers and remix artists and their supporters came to Washington, D.C. to show regulators the cost of criminalizing copying of popular culture. (Read about day one where the focus was on Fair Use and educators here.)Read more...

DMCA, Fair Use and Educators

The best theater in Washington, D.C. is in federal agencies and hearing rooms. That’s where ritual battles over power take place. The first day of the Copyright Office’s hearings about exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act pretty much met expectations. (Read about day two where the focus was on Fair Use for documentarians and remix artists, here.)Read more...