Friday, September 30, 2011

Notes on Copyright and Fair Use


Nathan from the  Expert village video says:

If you can create something you have the right to protect it and legally claim it as your own.

Charles II established after printing press.  It was called the Statute of Annae.

Copyright now covers:

music, works of art, computer software and architectual design.

Does not cover:

anything improvisational
dance or song never written or recorded
standard or common information.


There are a lot of myths about copyright law.  Though, I have not heard them shared in my experience as a Media Specialist.  The main "myth" I heard from teachers is "I am using it in the classroom so it isn't violating copyright law."

Any video that begins talking about Girl Talk, has my attention.

bridgeport v. dimension films.

diminimus use protecting NWA Get off  your ass

court didnt agree... cannot use any samples

"if you sample you license." -statement from the court.

Grey Album - DJ Danger Mouse. I bought a copy on eBay for $25 the year it came out.  The only parties to benefit from this arrangement were eBay and the person that copied and sold it to me.  

I found it interesting that Nigeria has no copyright laws yet produces more films (1200/yr) than the United States which seems to contradict the claims of John Kennedy the chairman IFPI.

"Freedom drives a more vibrant and important economy than restriction and control."

I am surprised there was no mention of the Casey Kasem and  U2 and Negativland case for the song "The letter U and The Numeral 2."  here is a link to the song:

 More info on that fair use lawsuit can be found here:  

copyright originally 14 years but has now been extended to life plus 70 years.

Fair use: can only be used in certain circumstances and cannot change the value of the original work.

Disney = Jerks.

limits to copyright:   

If lesson can be taught without copyrighted material then the material that would be used would not be Fair Use.

more to come.


  1. Kevin, as a classroom teacher, I was one that felt that as long as I use it in the classroom, then it's OK. Just because it is being used in the classroom, credit needs to be given where credit is due. One thing that I use a lot of in my class are photos from the internet. I used to just copy and paste images that I liked and could use to teach, but then realized it was not OK to do that. Now I try to use copyright free images to teach, and I make sure to add a photo credit to all of my presentations.

  2. great notes... don't know if I'd say that disney = jerks, but they've definitely changed the copyrights landscape in their own favor. Ugh.