Fair Use? - compilation of video clips

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  • I ran across the following scenario on the Business Software Alliance website. This was on one of the handouts suggested for use in the classroom. Based on the information provided, it seems (b) would be a better answer especially if the project was a class assignment. But they show (c) as the correct answer.

    I’m making a compilation of clips from a bunch of movies
    and cartoons I watched when I was a kid. Some of these
    shows aren’t even on anymore. If I keep the clips really short, can I
    post it online?
    a. Since you’re making an original creative work, you can use
    what you want. It’s called artistic license.
    b. If you keep the clips really short, you should be OK. It’s like
    when a movie critic shows clips on TV. They call it “fair use.”
    c. Sorry, but you need permission to copy other people’s
    creative work, even if you just copy a second or two.
    Otherwise, you’re stealing.

  • Where was this found? I agree- in my opinion, B is the most correct answer. C is wrong in more than one way.
  • I found this on page 8 of this document: http://www.b4ucopy.com/teens/B4UCopy-HighSchool-Teachers-Guide.pdf

  • The Business Software Alliance is protecting its own interests.

    "BSA is the voice of the world's commercial software industry and its hardware partners before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members represent one of the fastest growing industries in the world. BSA programs foster technology innovation through education and policy initiatives that promote copyright protection, cyber security, trade and e-commerce."
  • At a recent conference, I was asked about materials explaining copyright for students. Unfortunately, most of the materials I've seen geared towards youth have been extremely biased one way or another. It's a shame. If anyone knows of any good materials geared towards elementary, middle school, or even high school students, I would be interested in checking them out.
  • This goes to show you that we (librarians, educators) should be writing our own copyright educational materials for our primary customers or community.

    OITP commissioned a couple of class lessons on copyright for middle school students that can be found at the ReadWriteThink web site. They are good (balanced).

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