Image via WikipediaFor those of you that attended my recent session on "Copyright and Fair Use for Educators and their Students", the appeal to the Librarian of Congress is due on Monday, February 2nd at 5 pm EST. Remember, if successful, it will create an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for educators using "ripped" DVD clips to teach media literacy.
Here is the pertinent information you would need to submit, quoted from Eric Ford and Azizi Jones, student attorneys at the Intellectual Property Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. Specifically, they need you to submit:
- Concrete examples from your own work showing how the inability to lawfully circumvent the technological access controls on DVDs has created educational hardships or interfered with your teaching goals,
- Explanation of how the proposed exemption would help you and your students
- Information about school and other institutional policies that prohibit the circumvention of DVD copy-protection technology; and
- Your own beliefs about why media literacy and digital media in education is such an essential part of our students’ future.
Go to this U.S. Copyright Office form NOW and submit your responses to the above prompts. Note the proposed classes in the form by reading this form. And thanks!
BONUS: for those of you who attended the Copyright and Fair Use session, here is a video that I simply didn't have time to include. The message is right on the mark, though the delivery might not appeal to everyone. It's sort of Schoolhouse Rocks meets Flight of the Conchords...