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Understanding Fair Use for Digital Learning


The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education.This document helps educators who use media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. This guide identifies five principles that represent the media literacy education community’s current consensus about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials, wherever and however it occurs: in K–12 education, in higher education, in nonprofit organizations that offer programs for children and youth, and in adult education.

Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under
some circumstances—especially when the cultural or social benefits of the use are predominant.
It is a general right that applies even in situations where the law provides no specific authorization for the use in question—as it does for certain narrowly defined classroom activities.

User Rights, Section 107. "Schoolhouse Rock" style music video introduces the concept of transformativeness.
What's Copyright? Another music video for exploring copyright and fair use.
Fair Use in Elementary Education. Video showcases media literacy learning in elementary and the use of Google images in a media production project.
Applying Fair Use in Digital Learning. Video showcases use of high schoolers' use of science images in a digital learning project.
Fair Use and the Development of Multimedia Curriculum Materials. Video showcases educators' use of Newsweek magazine covers to create a media literacy curriculum about U.S involvement in Middle East.