Copyright clarity : how fair use supports digital learning

| November 3, 2010

Title: Copyright clarity : how fair use supports digital learning
Author: Renee Hobbs foreword by Donna Alvermann
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin, c2010.
Call Number: LC5803.C65 H63 2010

From the Publisher:

Finally, a book that dispels confusion around the use of copyrighted materials in the classroom!

Today, educators and students have access to a vast, rich array of online materials that can be used for instruction, but these resources often remain untapped because of confusion over copyright laws.

In this slim, jargon-free guide, media literacy expert Renee Hobbs presents simple principles for applying copyright law and the doctrine of fair use to 21st-century teaching and learning. Complete with a ready-to-go staff development workshop, this book explores:

  • What is permissible in the classroom
  • Fair use of digital materials such as images, music, movies, and Internet elements found on sites such as Google and YouTube
  • Trends in intellectual property law and copyright practices
  • Classroom projects using copyrighted materials

Copyright Clarity helps educators unlock Internet and digital media resources to classrooms while respecting the rights of copyright holders.

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About the Author(s):

Renee Hobbs is one of the nation’s leading authorities on media literacy education. She spearheaded the development of a online journal and national organization to support the work of media literacy educators and scholars. She has created numerous award-winning videos, websites and multimedia curriculum materials for K-12 educators and offers professional development programs to educators in school districts across the United States. Her research examines the impact of media literacy education on academic achievement and has been published in more than 50 scholarly and professional books and journals. She is a Professor at the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University in Philadelphia and holds a joint appointment at the College of Education. She received an Ed.D from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.A. in Communication from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. with a double major in English Literature and Film Video Studies from the University of Michigan.

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