For media students & young video producers

Two weeks ago I mentioned Stanford Prof. Laurence Lessig's comment about the impact on young people from knowing that remixing media, a way of life for them, is technically illegal. "That realization is extraordinarily corrosive, extraordinarily corrupting," he said in a speech. Now American University's Center for Social Media has advice for video makers in the form of a Code of Best Practices for Fair Use. And here's the test for when it is and isn't "fair and legal to use other people's copyrighted work to make your own…. Take this tour of remix culture classics [it's a great remix video they've put together], and use the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video to make your own decisions." Great fodder for a media literacy or law class!

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