In a continuing series of scenarios that explore educational fair use issues.
Media specialist Nickie finds out that the 5th grade classes will be watching the movie National Treasure in the media center as the culminating activity for an American history unit. Popcorn is being served and there are no activities or study guides that ask the students to relate the film to what they have studied. The school does not have a public performance license. Ms Nickie is concerned this doesn't qualify as fair use.
- What is the copyrighted material? Who owns it?
- Does the use of the work fall under fair use guidelines? Is the use transformational in nature? Can this be considered "educational" use?
- What is your level of comfort helping with this event? Are there any changes or limits you might like to see that would make you more comfortable?
Your level of comfort with this use of copyrighted materials: High 5 4 3 2 1 Low
You comments are most welcome.