Copyright confusion has ended!

With the rise of digital media tools for creating messages, learning andsharing, it is more important than ever for students and educators tounderstand their responsibilities and rights under copyright law. But many areconfused about what they can (and can’t) do when using mass media, popularculture and digital media as tools to promote critical thinking andcommunication skills.

On Tuesday, November 11 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia,the Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Media Literacy Education wasreleased, reflecting a national-level consensus among media literacy educatorsin K-12, university and afterschool programs. The Code identifies fiveprinciples that articulate how fair use applies to the work of students andteachers, in and out of the classroom. It's available at:

Check out the multimedia curriculum materials, including case study videos,lesson plans, and "Schoolhouse Rock" style songs designed to helpeducators teach about copyright and fair use:

When it comes to the use of copyrighted material for teaching and learning,the overall message is “YES, YOU CAN”– and of course, that’s good news foreveryone!  

This project is a collaboration between the Media Education Lab at TempleUniversity, the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law atAmerican University. The project was supported by a grant from the John D. andCatherine T. MacArthur Foundation, with additional support from the FordFoundation through the Future of Public Media Project at the Center for SocialMedia.