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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...

Policies for Public Media 2.0

Wondering how the new administration can shepherd in an era of robust, participatory public media? Then point your browser at the New America Foundation's site for a live webcast of ...and Communications for All? A Telecommunications Policy Agenda for the Obama Administration, starting right now.Read more...

A Weekend at Sundance

I attended the Sundance Film Festival this past weekend touting the Documentary Filmmaker's Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, and our upcoming Making Your Media Matter conference. I shared the table at the lodge on Sunday with our friends at Arte East, an NYC nonprofit that supports and promotes artists from the Middle East.Read more...

QUESTION OF THE MONTH: Parody and Satire

QUESTION

Dear CSM:

Hi, I am doing a fiction satire/parody/mockumentary directed against the Churches in general. I have a couple of questions/issues that might fit under "employing copyrighted material as the object of social, political, or cultural critique":Read more...