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The Copyright Era Meets the Open-Source World

Fair use is a complex area of copyright law. Publishers have a love/hate relationship with fair use because on one hand, it lets them legally repurpose existing copyrighted material. On the other hand, publishers want to prevent others from stealing their content and republishing it illegally. People exercise caution when using work created by someone else, which is good because they are aware of the content creator's rights. However, an underlying principle of fair use is to promote and build upon the existing work of others to further develop innovative ideas. Publishers and those in the legal community vary widely in their opinions of fair use and these perspectives should be explored in a thoughtful and productive way through this session.

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Questions Answered

  1. What is fair use?
  2. How can fair use help me as a publisher?
  3. What impact does social media have on fair use?
  4. How do I use fair use as a defense against a copyright infringement claim?
  5. What are the most common myths about copyright and fair use?

Speakers

Organizer

Ellyn Angelotti Non-Profit Organization, Poynter Institute for Media Studies


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