Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Code of best practices in fair use

Michael Madison at Concurring Opinions notes:
"Yesterday, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University’s Washington College of Law and the Center for Social Media at AU’s School of Communication released “Remix Culture: Fair Use Is Your Friend,” a video that accompanies and explains the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video, released jointly by the two centers last July. The video was underwritten by Google and was produced in collaboration with Stanford Law School’s Fair Use Project.

The Code itself is one of four recent ”best practices” statements supported by AU (in particular, by Pat Aufderheide at the CSM and Peter Jaszi at the law school) and/or inspired by the “best practices” model.

The first is the “Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use,” released in late 2005.

The others are the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video, the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use in Media Literacy Education, and the recently-released “Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-related Materials: Recommendations for Librarians, Archivists, Curators, and Other Collections Staff,” produced by the Dance Heritage Coalition. Full disclosure: Law faculty and practicing lawyers who specialize in copyright law vetted each of these publications, and I was one of vetters."

Now where is the UK equivalent on fair dealing...?

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