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Copyright Clarity

Copyright Clarity
How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning

Foreword by Donna Alvermann

April 2010 | 144 pages | Corwin
Educators and students have vast, rich resources available to them online, but few teachers or educational leaders really know what uses of digital material are lawful.

In Copyright Clarity: Fair Use and 21st Century Learning, Renee Hobbs, one of America's top media literacy experts, provides a set of principles that clarify how copyright law and the doctrine of fair use apply to 21st-century learning. This book dispels the misconceptions and myths that have contributed to concerns about the educational use of materials related to mass media, popular culture, and digital media and helps educators apply the principles of fair use to the most common classroom scenarios.

About the Author
1. Copyright Matters for 21st-Century Learning
2. Dispelling Copyright Confusion
3. Users Have Rights, Too
4. Fair Use and Digital Learning
5. The Future of Copyright
Resource A. Leading a Staff-Development Workshop on Copyright and Fair Use
Resource B. Excerpts From Copyright Law

“This book cuts right to the heart of uncertainties about how copyright and fair use apply in the classroom—confusions that block many valuable pedagogical interventions. Hobbs offers the information straight, addressing common misperceptions and laying out the current understandings of intellectual property law in clear, engaging prose.”

Henry Jenkins, Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Art
University of Southern California

"This long-awaited book is exactly what has been needed to relieve educators’ anxieties about the legality of using copyrighted materials during instruction and presentations. In addition to answering questions about fair use practice in an easy-to-understand manner, Hobbs offers examples of how Internet and communications technologies support essential literacy and communication skills in 21st-century classrooms. This slender text is a must-read for every educator independently or as a professional development choice."

Diane Lapp, Distinguished Professor of Education
San Diego State University

"This book is provocative, readable, and well written. It will make educators think about their practices and framework. Recommended."

Suzanne Libra
Library Media Connection magazine, November/December 2010

The graduate course I teach for K-12 teachers earning their MA in Ed degree addresses digital media and online learning. This text has been officially adopted as recommended for the course because is fills a gap in addressing confusion about copyright and how and when to use it. The content in this text is current, relevant, and directly applicable for classroom teachers.

Dr Cris Guenter
School of Education, California State University - Chico
August 30, 2012
Key features
  • Clear, encouraging information for teachers about how to determine what materials, including film clips or music, can be used in the classroom without violating copyright laws
  • Principles for fair use of online and digital materials that are likely to become the norm in education
  • Illustrative examples throughout, showing how to apply the principles to the most common classroom scenarios (e.g., film clips in PowerPoint presentations)
  • An appendix for conducting staff development on copyright and fair use

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Donna E. Alvermann


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