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Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  14 reviews
This jargon-free guide clarifies principles for applying copyright law to 21st-century education, discusses what is permissible in the classroom, and explores the fair use of digital materials.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Corwin Publishers (first published April 1st 2010)
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Sarah Clark
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the most inspiring book I've read related to librarianship period. Maybe that is in part due to the fact that it is a book for educators, including librarians. And it is definitely due to my own fear and questions about copyright and fair use in schools and digital media projects.

100 pages long, I read this book in a single sitting. Finally, a clearly written book on an important, timely topic. The book calls for educators and all people to reclaim their rights as users under the doctrin
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Finally. I have it. Thank you, Renee Hobbs.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education-books
A wonderful explanation of copyright law in plain language. The law is confusing and everyone has her own take on how it works; this book provides a succinct explanation of the finer points of fair use and how it applies to schools. The author explains that many educators have become afraid to do multimedia projects or allow their students to use pictures because of the fear of violating copyright law. I vehemently agree--and think that the restrictions have inhibited creativity in schools. I ho ...more
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book to any educator who is unsure about what can be used and posted from the internet for educational purposes. I found this to be a fairly easy to read resource for any educators who are concerned about using copyrighted material in their lessons or who want students to collaborate digitally with the possibility of using copyrighted materials. It clearly shows how the transformativeness of the product can support fair-use law. I was surprised that many of the copyright " ...more
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, nonfiction
Hobbs highlights the importance of using critical thinking skills in determining fair use and warns of the dangers of abiding by copyright guidelines that are not part of the law and are often biased. While you will find no easy to use checklists here, this is an important resource that will ensure future educators know and practice their rights.
Katherine Fischer
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great resource for anyone looking for a thorough introduction to copyright as it pertains to education. The author takes a bold, inspiring stance on what Fair Use should be, and how librarians and teachers can reclaim copyrighted materials without infringing on rightsholders' rights.
Nadia Jaramillo
Practical guide into the topic of copyright issues. It gives examples and cases to understand the differences among trnasformativeness, copyright, public domain.
Pamela Hill
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Best resource on copyright in the digital age!
Julie Suzanne
Hobbs disputes everything that a librarian and educator have learned about copyright and fair use in the last decade. She presents a strong argument in favor of a much broader interpretation of fair use than I'm actually comfortable with, which is empowering to teachers and students. She explains how to teach the concept to students so that they, too, are empowered users of copyrighted materials. I think it may take more than this book to untrain me, however. I'm purchasing this book so that I c ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t normally write reviews, but I have to for this book. Hobbs manages to make an extremely confusing and nuanced legal issue understandable for a normal person, leaving them feeling confident and inspired about using copyrighted materials in the classroom. I’m doing a research project on the subject and can say that all the university professors I’ve talked to feel uncomfortable in their knowledge of what they can and can’t do with copyrighted materials. I’ll be recommending this to every o ...more
Alida Hanson
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Explains simply and clearly how the purpose of copyright is to spread the culture, and not protect for financial interest. We learn about fair use, and a couple of landmark court cases, and get resources to teach our faculty and students about fair use.

It’s a shame that in the 24/7 media stew in which we live, that we fundamentally believe we have no right to remix and analyze media to express ourselves and learning.
Catie Carlson
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Informative, easy read
Rachel Bhattacharyya
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Gives pause for thought on our concerns about copyright. We certainly want teachers and students to observe copyright guidelines and law, but the laws and guidelines have to be understood by both. I think Hobbs encouragement to follow copyright, but not to confuse guidelines versus law is well taken. Copyright is very important, but failing to design and use a creative lesson because of misplaced copyright fears should be a regular inservice in every schools' annual inservice. But, this requires ...more
Zuchra Pipin
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
recommended for all teachers.
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