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Copyright Clarity
How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning

Foreword by Donna Alvermann



© 2010 | 144 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with National Council of Teachers of English

"This book cuts to the heart of uncertainties about how copyright and fair use apply in the classroom, addressing common misperceptions and laying out the current understandings of intellectual property law in clear engaging prose."
—Henry Jenkins, Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Art
University of Southern California

"This long-awaited book relieves educators' anxieties about the legality of using copyrighted materials during instruction and presentations. In addition to answering questions about fair use practice in an easy-to-understand manner, Hobbs offers examples of how technology supports essential literacy and communication skills in 21st-century classrooms."
—Diane Lapp, Distinguished Professor of Education
San Diego State University

Finally, a book that dispels confusion around the use of copyrighted materials in the classroom!

Today, educators and students have access to a vast, rich array of online materials that can be used for instruction, but these resources often remain untapped because of confusion over copyright laws.

In this slim, jargon-free guide, media literacy expert Renee Hobbs presents simple principles for applying copyright law and the doctrine of fair use to 21st-century teaching and learning. Complete with a ready-to-go staff development workshop, this book explores:

  • What is permissible in the classroom
  • Fair use of digital materials such as images, music, movies, and Internet elements found on sites such as Google and YouTube
  • Trends in intellectual property law and copyright practices
  • Classroom projects using copyrighted materials

Copyright Clarity helps educators unlock Internet and digital media resources to classrooms while respecting the rights of copyright holders.

For supporting videos, slide presentations, and curriculum materials, see also www.mediaeducationlab.com/copyright.

 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Copyright Matters for 21st-Century Learning
 
2. Dispelling Copyright Confusion
 
3. Users Have Rights, Too
 
4. Fair Use and Digital Learning
 
5. The Future of Copyright
 
Resource A. Leading a Staff-Development Workshop on Copyright and Fair Use
 
Resource B. Excerpts From Copyright Law
 
Endnotes
 
References
 
Index

“This book cuts right to the heart of uncertainties about how copyright and fair use apply in the classroom—confusions that block many valuable pedagogical interventions. Hobbs offers the information straight, addressing common misperceptions and laying out the current understandings of intellectual property law in clear, engaging prose.”

Henry Jenkins, Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Art
University of Southern California

"This long-awaited book is exactly what has been needed to relieve educators’ anxieties about the legality of using copyrighted materials during instruction and presentations. In addition to answering questions about fair use practice in an easy-to-understand manner, Hobbs offers examples of how Internet and communications technologies support essential literacy and communication skills in 21st-century classrooms. This slender text is a must-read for every educator independently or as a professional development choice."

Diane Lapp, Distinguished Professor of Education
San Diego State University

"This book is provocative, readable, and well written. It will make educators think about their practices and framework. Recommended."

Suzanne Libra
Library Media Connection magazine, November/December 2010

The graduate course I teach for K-12 teachers earning their MA in Ed degree addresses digital media and online learning. This text has been officially adopted as recommended for the course because is fills a gap in addressing confusion about copyright and how and when to use it. The content in this text is current, relevant, and directly applicable for classroom teachers.

Dr Cris Guenter
School of Education, California State University - Chico
August 30, 2012
Key features
  • Clear, encouraging information for teachers about how to determine what materials, including film clips or music, can be used in the classroom without violating copyright laws
  • Principles for fair use of online and digital materials that are likely to become the norm in education
  • Illustrative examples throughout, showing how to apply the principles to the most common classroom scenarios (e.g., film clips in PowerPoint presentations)
  • An appendix for conducting staff development on copyright and fair use

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Donna E. Alvermann

Preface


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