Online Journalism

Lecture by Claudia Holland on copyright and fair use

February 5th, 2011 · Comments Off on Lecture by Claudia Holland on copyright and fair use

George Mason University’s copyright officer, Claudia Holland visited with Klein’s Online Journalism class to talk about copyright and fair use on Thursday, February 3, 2011.

The lecture was Power Point based and started out with explaining that copyrighted traits are expressions and originality; protected works are literary, architectural, sounds recordings, motion pictures, and other picture, graphic or sculpture work. Among the list included things that are not protected by copyright; ideas, public domain, titles names, short phrases, and generally anything published before 1923.

Holland went on to explain that fair use was made to benefit the public. Some parts of copyrighted material can be used in particular instances. Four elements that need to be considered are:

  1. Purpose and character of use
  2. Nature of the work
  3. Amount and substantiality of the portion used (10% is rule of thumb)
  4. Effect of the use on the potential market

Safe harbor was talked about as well; when setting up a blog or website, the author needs to protect oneself. One way to share ideas without getting into hot water over copyrights would be through Creative Commons. Their logo explains it all, “Share, remix, reuse, legally!”

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Media Consumption

February 5th, 2011 · Comments Off on Media Consumption

One of our first homework assignments for Online Journalism was to read Eric Deggans’ article, What is Your Media Pyramid?

Essentially your media pyramid should end up looking like the food group pyramid. The bottom level of mine started out with the huge giants of media like powerhouses,, and as my go to source to get news and information. Then for news tuned to my liking, in the middle block of my pyramid was facebook and twitter. The top of the pyramid, held what I use sparingly to get news from, like blogger and wordpress.

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