Teaching and Learning About Copyright… Through VideosPosted: Mon 08.08.2011
Copyright and intellectual property. Fair use and plagiarism. Creative Commons and attribution. Even when one makes an earnest attempt to become better informed about copyright and the surrounding issues and debate, it is challenging to obtain a clear and complete picture of regulations protecting intellectual property and dictating what constitutes fair use.
A full discussion of copyright and fair use is beyond both the scope of a single post and my expertise; instead, this post showcases four videos that have been valuable in helping different user groups begin to understand the basics of copyright. As a trainer as well as a learner, I appreciate the value of videos as teaching tools — the videos are generally short and the content succinct, but most importantly, the presentation of information is engaging and sometimes even entertaining. Learning about copyright can start to feel like a less arduous and impossible task.
By necessity, this list of videos is only a fraction of those available. As the number of organizations and institutions involved in protecting and debating copyright and fair use proliferate, the number of videos produced also increases. If you have other videos to recommend, please share these in the comments section following this post!
4. Copyright Clearance Center‘s video “Copyright Basics”:
3. Copyright Clearance Center‘s video “Copyright on Campus”:
2. “A Fair(ly) Use Tale” by Professor Eric Faden (Bucknell University):
1. “Credit is Due (The Attribution Song)” by Nina Paley, artist-in-residence at QuestioningCopyright.org:
- Jennifer Howard’s article “What You Don’t Know About Copyright, But Should,” The Chronicle of Higher Education. Following the article is a list of copyright and fair use guides on the web, compiled by Ben Wieder.
- American University’s Center for Social Media’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) pages on “What is Intellectual Property?” including links to the WIPO channel on YouTube and the IP Advantage database of case studies on copyright and industrial property
- Cindi Trainor’s “Take Pictures, Tell Stories: Creative Commons and You“, a post at the ALA TechSource blog