Archived October 21, 2010 real-time session and the accompanying PowerPoint

Copyright Remix: What's Copyright, Copyleft, and Copywrong in a Participatory Culture?

Copyright? A bottleneck?

Definitely! How many times have you scrapped perfectly good multimedia projects because you weren't sure about the copyright implications? When we teach in fear or at least uneasiness, then our students lose out.

We'll met real-time in a townhall-type meeting with copyright and fair use advocate, Sonja Beckham, a media specialist and former attorney with a strong interest in copyright in the educational setting. We hope you enjoy the archive!


Please do share resources you've found valuable and plan on creating some content from your own unique perspective. Learn more . . .
Find participant-contribution feeds and resources links from this page in one handy spot -- Copyright Remix Symbaloo

Copyright or Wrong? We suggest you begin your update on copyright and fair use by watching this video produced in 2006 by USDLC in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Consider these questions as you watch:
  • What still seems relevant to you and what might have changed in the past few years?
  • What questions do the video raise for you?
Bring these questions and others to the group by writing about them and others by blogging or posting to the discussion forum.

Video produced by USDLC

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
Finally! This resource on copyright and fair use has been developed by experts representing over 150 professional organizations and vetted by a team of legal scholars and experts.
Handy downloadable copy (click on yellow box near top right corner of screen)

Watch this video about a teacher, blogger, and author, Bill Ferriter, as he demonstrates a "teachable moment" about copyright.

Video produced by USDLC

Copyright Clarity, Renee Hobbs, Media Education Lab, Temple University
"Replace old knowledge with actual knowledge." That's copyright guru Renee Hobbs's advice. The "PPT Slides: Offering a Staff Development Program on Copyright and Fair Use" link leads to one of many informative slideshows she's generously made available on SlideShare. Two videos are embedded in this slideshow. Don't miss this one -- Users' Rights:Section 107 (Media Education Lab) -- it's a catchy music video perfect to share with students. Also, there's a terrific range of resources under "Resources to Promote Copyright Clarity in Your Classroom" including the Media Education Lab's "Join in the Conversation to Prevent Copyright Confusion" Wiki.

Copyright Confusion Precon with Renee Hobbs and NECC09 Team (including Joyce Valenza) -- Archived video. Terrific demo of remix as transformative creative product.

Media Makers CollectionNew Media Literacies Lab (MIT)
Learn about new media literacies in the video and then check out the first three "Required Challenges" about copyright case studies. The Shepard Fairey case about the famous Obama poster is fascinating.

Terms to Use and Share with Students:
  • Section 107, US Copyright Law -- the fair use of a copyrighted idea for criticism, comment, news, reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research is not an infringement of copyright
  • Fair Use -- the right to stand on the shoulders of others to produce innovative and creative work that is transformative – MIT New Media Literacies
  • Appropriate -- ability to sample and remix media content -- MIT New Media Literacies
  • Transformative -- does not replace original thinking but builds upon it in an original, innovative way; value-added -- MIT New Media Literacies
  • Negotiate -- to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms – MIT New Media Literacies

Transformative? In our remix, resample, mash-up culture, students are learning to create powerful and compelling work that often builds on work produced by others. Be sure to read this thought-provoking article, Reilly, E. and Robison, A. (2008). "Extending media literacy: How young people re-mix and transform media to serve their own interests." Youth Media Reporter.

Transformative is tough to judge sometimes. Here are some specifics on how to better understand the transformative use of copyrighted materials.
How would you rule on these?
Pocahontas and Avatar Mash-up
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe interpreted by MC Lars
Pogo of Perth's Cartoons/Cinema to Music Creations (don't miss "Upular")

How about remix? What does it mean and where it does it fit into the debate? Here's law professor and copyright expert Larry Lessig's brilliant response.

TED video

Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship Mash-UP?
"Critical thinking and ethical choices about the content and impact on oneself, others, and one’s community of what one sees, says, and produces with media and technology." – Suggested by Ann Collier,

Traditional Net Safety plus Media Literacy’s participatory part – producing, sharing, posting, uploading, sampling, remixing media, copyright and fair use, respect for intellectual property (own and others) + digital citizenship -- respecting self, others, community, civility, perspective-taking; managed rather than locked-down filtering

Ofsted Study (released Jan. 2010)
The best filter ever? Between the ears. The students who have minimum filtering of the Web learn to take care of themselves; are much safer than students who are.

Henry Jenkins is known for his Spiderman quote: " . . . with great power comes great responsibility"; teach students to embrace media ethics and responsibility for their own actions; hold them accountable for choices they make as media producers or as members of online communities. Net Safety 3.0 –Respect; respectful of youth, research, media and how youth use media and tech, Safety – not from but for; empowering students for full constructive participation in participatory media, culture and democracy.