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Arts Journalism Resources (SU Libraries)

An SU Libraries research starting points guide for arts journalism

Law, Journalism & Art

U.S. and international laws have complex relationship to the publications and work product of artists and with journalists who cover the arts.  Further complexity enters if one operates within scholarly, educational, and not for profit environments.  This guide in not a comprehensive primer on copyright law, fair use of copyrighted publications and the like.  Nevertheless, most scholars, journalists and artists will at one time or another encounter questions in this area, or perhaps even conflicts.  Here are a few resources the public communications librarian, Michael Pasqualoni, invites you to consider.

Copyright Essentials

A Fair(y) Use Tale

Created in 2007 by Eric Faden, Assoc Professor of English & Film/Media Studies, Bucknell University.  A creative exploration of copyright principles that uses remixed animation. Identical version is hosted by Center for Internet & Society, Stanford University Law School

An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube

Professor Michael Wesch - Presentation at Library of Congress, June 2008. This Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University and his students take an inspiring journey through some of the cultural forces and practices associated with the rise of online video sharing technology.

Remix Culture Video-Center for Media & Social Impact, American University

Com Librarian Online Video Find:  Remix Culture - Fair Use is Your Friend (5/09)  A production of the Center for Media & Social Impact (fka:  Center for Social Media), American University.  This video intends to educate about the complex topic of fair use for copyrighted materials.  It is possible to create dynamic and culturally relevant video productions, works that incorporate pre-existing creations made by others.  With the balanced approach advocated in this video, the argument highlighted is one can indeed do so without running afoul of Copyright law.   See also the Center's Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video and their broader "Codes of Best Practices" website, offering sets of "Fair Use" codes applicable to journalism, the arts and media professions. 

Syracuse University Copyright Portal

SU Copyright Portal:  Provides educational information to the Syracuse University community about copyright and other laws, policies, and regulations that govern information creation, use, retention and adaptation for scholarly purposes. The Portal also provides guidance and direction to the University community on issues such as:

  • Authorship and protection of scholarship;
  • Copyright ownership, including its rights and obligations;
  • Limitations and exceptions, such as fair use;
  • Licensing of electronic resources and media; and
  • Use of copyrighted works

All the Portal’s information is educational. None of the Portal’s information should be considered formal legal advice.

Larry Lessig on Laws that Choke Creativity

TED Conference, March 2007. Lecture by Larry Lessig, a Stanford University law professor, founder of Stanford's  Center for Internet & Society and founding board member of Creative Commons