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Copyright law for online videos: it’s better than you think

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Negotiating the world of copyright is tricky business. But too often people assume copyright is black-and-white, that one can’t use ANYTHING in an online video, podcast or blog without getting permission. The fact is, copyright is a palette of greys. Often, its a matter of assigning the item in question with a risk factor- how likely is this person/organization to sue me? Are they likely to be looking, or does the original record label/film company/etc. even exist anymore? And is my use covered as an educational or not-for-profit use?

Which is why it was refreshing to find a new Code of Practices in Fair Use for Online Video from the Center for Social Media at the School of Communication at American University. The report takes into account “current acceptable practices” rather than the letter of the law, ranging from remixes and mashups to social commentary and parody. This document is an excellent resource for anyone working with video in this new age of social media.