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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...

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Dance Collections

You’re running an archive featuring dance and would love to exhibit some of the work in your collection that shows the evolution of a dance trend. Do you need to get permission from copyright holders or can you employ Fair Use?

You’re also announcing the exhibit on your website, and would like to run a few clips from some of the most famous material. Can you do that without copyright holder permission?Read more...

Spreadable Media, Digital Libraries and MiT6

It was inspiring, as always, to attend the Media in Transition conference (held April 24-26), or MiT6. Although this will be Henry Jenkins’s last conference as co-host (he’s going to the University of Southern California), he as well as his co-organizers David Thorburn and William Uricchio all assured me that the conference will continue. That’s good news, because MiT6 has become a destination conference for people concerned with the social and political implications of the digital era.Read more...