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NPR API: Open-Sourcing Syndication?

In late July, NPR took an unprecedented leap into open-source development by releasing its application programming interface (API), which enables users to create applications featuring content from an archive of NPR programs dating back to 1995. This move makes it much easier for NPR content to migrate across platforms—featured widgets based on the API include players for iPhones, Facebook, and Google's Desktop Sidebar. Read more...

A Peek Under the Hood of the NPR API

Public broadcasting is in a moment of experimentation, moving beyond traditional broadcast platforms and structures and trying to reach publics where they live and work, through issues that they care about. Large structural innovations—like the release of the NPR application programming interface (API) in late July—are combining with experimentation by stations, staffers and audiences to create new uses for public media content. Read more...

"Let's Go Crazy" lawsuit results in Fair Use victory

In the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video,a team of legal experts and media scholars judged the incidental use of copyrighted material to be an eligible form of Fair Use. It seems that the courts agree. Read more...

A New Look for the Website

You might have noticed that our website is looking a little bit different these days. In the next few months, we will be conducting a major re-evaluation and re-design of the website, but in the meantime, we'll be making some small tweaks to the current layout and design. Please forgive the small shifts and changes, and we hope you'll share with us your thoughts (in the comment section below) about how we can make the new site even more innovative, exciting and interesting!

Fair Use Muscle-Flexing in Academia, over Kids' Fashion Ads

Colleague Chris Boulton, a student of the moral implications of popular culture, is also a warrior for the copyright rights of new creators. Read more...