Fair Use & Copyright
In this class, you will be creating new, original audio/visual content and it is important to consider how your work fits within the world. The dissemination of original content is generally covered by copyright law and it is important to have an understanding of how this applies to you in regards to your own creation and appropriation of the creations of others.
We will conduct an in-class discussion on copyright. As preparation, watch and read the following:
Watch RIP: A Remix Manifesto
Readings & Videos:
- Creative Commons copyright licenses (video), note the differences between the various versions
- Center for Media & Social Impact's Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts (video)
- Commons Myths about Fair Use & Copyright
Supplemental (not required):
- Product Placements GEMA Aktion - Johannes Kreidler
- Times Square Billboard Touches Off Controversy Over Artistic Credit-Sharing
- Photographer sells others' Instagram photos as art
In response to the readings and the documentary, prepare the following:
- 5 questions & 5 comments for the in-class discussion
Answers to the following questions:
As the originator, it is up to you to decide how your work is to be disseminated, both online and in the physical world. What form of copyright do you feel best works for you? As in, if you decide to share your work, what freedoms do you as the creator want to confer to others?
In the pre-digital age, making physical copies required getting access to an original work. Nowadays, the sheer act of viewing an image online requires downloading a copy and much of internet culture revolves around the collaging of multiple sources and media. How do you approach using other people's content in the context and creation of you own work?
- What do you feel is "fair use" and "copyright infringement"? Give an example of each.
What To Turn In
Submit your responses to the "Copyright Discussion" assignment on Canvas in a PDF titled