Thursday, April 10, 2008

Is It Fair to Use It?

This post is a collection of some links of interest, regarding this complicated issue of Copyright / Fair Use when re-purposing media content (also mentioned as "Borrowed Material").
  1. Recut, Reframe, Recycle: An Interview with Pat Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi - By Henry Jenkins
  2. Center for Social Media School of Communication at American University
  3. EFF: Fair Use FAQ - Electronic Frontier Foundation
  4. Copyright and Fair Use - Stanford University Libraries
  5. Creative Commons FAQ
  6. Copyright Management Center
This list is provided here only as a starting point for research on this topic of copyright / fair use of existing media files on new works. Keep in mind that I personally did not read all the related documentation on these links nor have any legal background to be able to digest it properly.

From what I read there are still plenty of reasons to be confused about, despite the quality of the papers, because of the complexity and subjectivity of some of the issues involved.

I have this "kid like" dream of simplicity winning over complexity on social interactions (or at least in art and media production) and this whole bureaucracy involving copyright simply destroy any creative impulse that is not: Either a consolidated effort or a fool one. I am afraid I fall into the later category...

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