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NWP Radio: Copyright and Fair Use in Digital Media and Composition

Date: June 9, 2011

Summary: Renee Hobbs, author of Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning, discusses the critical issues of copyright and fair use in digital media and composition, while considering together how these support youth voice and learning inside and outside the classroom.


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If you're going to do a classic activity like read the book or watch the movie to look at literary adaptations, you can't just use a snippet—you have to use the whole thing. That's why Section 110 is a really valuable part of the law but is really narrow. It specifies that it needs to be in a face-to-face setting. Lots of us doing various online education aren't really working face-to-face but are still interacting. Section 110 has a second component, the "Teach Act," which is a very narrowly written law with provisions of what you can post online where you're sharing digital content through a delimited network. But even more important than Section 110 rules is a deep understanding of Fair Use.

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