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Fair Use Victory for Librarians

The latest judicial ruling on fair use validates librarians’ judgment in their Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, which the Center helped to produce. Read more...

Yesterday’s (and Last Year’s) Television, with a Click

Internet ArchiveI recently spent a morning demo'ing a fascinating experiment in digital archiving of television (free login required). The Internet Archive, a vast and improbable digital library both of traditional and emerging media, has started a new project to use some of its immense and mostly dark archive of 24/7 television news from around the world. You might remember their showcasing of 9/11 television, which I participated in, and which has since become a resource for journalists scholars. Read more...

9/11 Re-watched

Understanding 9/11On this anniversary of 9/11, discerning journalists and scholars alike will be delving into a treasure trove of international television covering the event.  The Internet Archive’s “Understanding 9/11” video archive provides a record of international television news between Sep. 11-Sep. 17, 2001. Read more...

Center Expansion!

Matthew NisbetThe Center for Social Media is expanding in exciting ways, thanks to support from American University. School of Communication professor Matthew Nisbet, a leading scholar on the role of communication in shaping policy debates, is joining the Center as co-director. Read more...

Fair Use and Free Content at Wikimania 2012

At the second annual Wikipedia conference to be held in the U.S., copyright issues pervaded the discussions among folks from 83 (!) countries. Of course it did: Wikipedia is a reader-built encyclopedia that promises free content world-wide. And it’s doing that job in the middle of a sea of copyrighted content.Read more...