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Thursday
Nov202008

Fair use scenario - Mr. Jones and YouTube

In a continuing series of scenarios that explore educational fair use issues.

One of the topics that Mr. Jones explores in his Mass Media Communications class is how modern advertisers use classical propaganda techniques. YouTube is a rich source of current television advertisements, but unfortunately his district blocks access to that resource. Mr. Jones ignores YouTube's "Terms of Use" and uses a utility to download some video advertisements to his computer so he can show them to the class at a later time.

  1. What is the copyrighted material? Who owns it?
  2. Does the use of the work fall under fair use guidelines? Is the use transformational in nature? Can this be considered "educational" use?
  3. What is your level of comfort in helping create such a product? Are there any changes or limits you might like to see that would make you more comfortable with this project?

Your level of comfort with this use of copyrighted materials: High 5 4 3 2 1 Low

You comments are most welcome.

Wednesday
Nov192008

Are "they' your scapegoat?

 

A few scattered thoughts..
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I often hear comments like this:

"They" are blocking access to YouTube.
"They" cut my budget.
"They" don't think we need a library.

Who the hell is "they"?

Can you name "them"? Or are "they" just a convenient scapegoat for poor policy decisions? Are you attempting to influence the "they" and working to change such decisions from being made by "they" to being made by "we"?

If not, you should be. It's your professional obligation.

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Great conversation and fun in SecondLife rather early this morning with Chris (Shambles) Smith, Diane McKenzie from Hong Kong, Rob Rubis from the International School of Bangkok (his comments here) and others.

Chris's talk show format seems well-suited for Second Life - casual, conversational and informative. I like it!


Snapshots from Shamble's International School Island "Live" in SecondLife, November 18, 2008

I suspect that this could as well have been a conference call. The visuals didn't add all that much to the message.

But in some weird way, the avatars and setting made the experience feel much more like being there. Chris, beautiful design of your space.

Oh Rob, my avatar is a total klutz too.

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SLJ Leadership Summit keynoter Scott Traylor, the CEO and Founder and Chief of KID 360KID, stated that World of Warcraft experience is now being included on professional resumes to demonstrate leadership and collaboration skills. Anybody else heard this?

He also mentioned that online games are available for cross-generational play. If he mentioned titles, I missed them. Any ideas? (Grandpa needs to know!)

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Two new way-cool Google resources:

Google Ancient Rome

After seeing the Rome HBO mini-series (that makes I, Claudius look lame), I'm anxious to explore this site.

LIFE Photo Archives via Google Images. An amazing resource, but I looked and looked for the copyright/use permissions and could not find them for these photos nor a way to contact Google to ask. Anybody know?

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If you will excuse me, I need to get back to the letter to Congress explaining why I need a bailout package... Just think of all the people who depend on my doing well: the banker, the grocer, the barber, the dry cleaners, and especially the liquor store owner.

We can't just let them all go down the tube, now can we???

Wednesday
Nov192008

Fair Use Scenarios - Lucy's History Day Project

In a continuing series of scenarios that explore educational fair use issues. You comments are most welcome.

Lucy's History Day project explores how wars influence popular culture with a focus on music in the 20th century. She is creating a Ken Burns-like video that combines photographic images of wars and commercial recordings of popular music from each war's years, along with narration of her own observations and conclusions. This tape will be shown to the public during the History Day event and be placed on YouTube for others to view and use. HIstory Day participation is extra credit in Lucy's school.

  1. What are the copyrighted materials? Who owns them?
  2. Does the use of the works fall under fair use guidelines? Is the use transformational in nature? Can this be considered "educational" use?
  3. What is your level of comfort in helping create such a product? Are there any changes or limits you might like to see that would make you more comfortable with this project?

Your level of comfort with this use of copyrighted materials: High 5 4 3 2 1 Low

You comments are most welcome.


Image from the Life Photo Archives via Google Images.