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Dear CSM:

I'm a reporter for public radio. Is it "Fair Use" to use a short clip from a TV show or film in order to make a point in a given story, even if I'm not commenting directly on the clip? If so, what is the maximum amount of material I am allowed to use of a given TV show or film. My understanding is that if 10% or less of the story is devoted to that material, it's "Fair Use." Is that true?


Sean

Our Stories, Online

How can young people make videos that not only reveal the terms of their lives, but that invite others to engage with them, share their own stories, and build from story to relationship? That’s what American University lecturer Amy Hendrick did in her project, Our Stories DC, which was funded by the Center for Social Media under a grant to explore the future of public media from the Ford Foundation.Read more...

Catch the Center for Social Media at the Public Media '09 conference

Just finished my presentation about our new white paper at the CEO session of the Public Media '09 conference (see it here). Read more...

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...

Keeping the conversation going on Making Your Media Matter

Our fifth annual Making Your Media Matter came to a close on Friday evening, and I was excited to see the buzz in the room about the topic of our last panel -- does making a beautiful film about a "difficult" issue compromise your subject? Has democratized technology made it so that craftsmanship is no longer valued? Does a film with gorgeous cinematography not feel as "real" as one filmed on a camera phone? Everyone had an interesting perspective, and the dialogue between panelists and audience was so active that we are very inspired to keeping it going.Read more...