Why Is Wikipedia Broke Today? SOPA-Protest

Here’s a great video that explains the problems with PIPA and SOPA (besides being dumb acronyms): PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo. Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! – http://www.fightforthefuture.org/pipaContinue reading Why Is Wikipedia Broke Today? SOPA-Protest

Obama Hope Poster For Sale or “Shephard Fairey: Oops”

Another day, another Fair Use issue in the headlines. Imagine my surprise as I began to do research to update my previous article on the Fair-Use/Copyright kerfuffle between the Associated Press (AP) and street-artist/icon-wanna-be Shephard Fairey, to discover that the … Continue reading Obama Hope Poster For Sale or “Shephard Fairey: Oops”

Convergence Culture: The Power of Media in the Hands of Users

Jenkin’s “Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide” is part of my course reading and students are always finding great videos of Jenkins on the Interwebs. Here’s a great one that sums it his take on the evolution of … Continue reading Convergence Culture: The Power of Media in the Hands of Users

The Creative Commons Solution

Part three of my three part media merry-go-round: Creative Commons (Part 1: Copyright; Part 2: Fair-Use; Part 3: Creative Commons). After I’ve scared them to death with the all powerful Copyright, and confused them with the slippery Fair-Use, it’s time calm the nerves with a little common sense Creative Commons. I wish it was really that simple. So, as before the following is the ongoing working prototype for part 3:
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So What the Heck is Fair Use & How’s It Suppose to Protect My Butt

mouseguySo now I’m working on step two of my three part media merry-go-round: Fair-Use (Part 1: Copyright; Part 2: Fair-Use; Part 3: Creative Commons). It’s hard to talk about one without talking about the others. We talked about Copyright last week, but whenever the conversation shifted to usage than Fair-Use and Creative Commons were ready to take up the call. If anything I think I pumped up the interest in what Fair-Use and Creative Commons can do to answer the dilemma presented by the ongoing Copyright controversy. So the following is the ongoing working prototype for part 2:
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Roll Over Beethoven and Copy… Right!

Part of my course at Full Sail is about media issues, you know, stuff like Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons. The “M” in our program title (EMDT) is Media and my students, who are in their ninth month of a year long Masters degree program, are expected to stare down this huge subject and come up with a reasonable approach to something that I tell them occupies the life’s work of an army of lawyers, policymakers and troublemakers. As I lay down guiding principles to understanding the moving target that is Copyright/Fair Use/Creative Commons the discussions tend to be quite lively and informative for all participants. One thing that I’ve never fully appreciated is how difficult and expensive it can be for teachers who want to follow copyright law who teach band, or theater or any of the other arts.

One teacher wrote in her class blog:
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