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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 12 Sep 2007 09:00:19 -0500
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New Report Shows Educators' Hands are Tied by Confusion about Copyright

A Special Event on September 25 in Washington, D.C.

Confused about copyright? You're not alone.

Media literacy educators rely on the ability to use copyrighted materials in
their teaching. But ignorance about copyright -- and particularly a lack of
awareness of the fair use provision - is interfering with teachers' ability
to teach important critical thinking and communication skills that enable
them to promote digital learning.

Please join Professors Renee Hobbs of Temple University, Peter Jaszi of the
Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American
University's Washington College of Law and Pat Aufderheide of the Center for
Social Media in the School of Communication at American University on
Tuesday, September 25, for the release of their report, The Cost of
Copyright Confusion for Media Literacy. The event starts at 2pm, followed by
a reception.

Participants include will include high school teachers affected by copyright
regulations, representatives from the media literacy movement, and leading
legal scholars in the area of copyright, fair use, and education. Panelists
will explore such issues as:

    * What do teachers know (and don't know) about copyright?
    * How does copyright confusion limit the quality of student learning?
    * What are effective solutions to this problem?

Who: Pat Aufderheide will moderate the event. A panel of scholars, including
Hobbs, Jaszi, and Kenneth Crews, a legal scholar at Indiana University
School of Law-Indianapolis and author of Copyright Law for Librarians and
Educators, will discuss the findings of the report. Following the panel, the
following people will discuss the meaning of the report for their
organizations and work:

    * Dale Allender, Associate Executive Director of the National Council of
Teachers of English (NCTE), the leading professional membership organization
for English language arts educators.
    * Shay Taylor, media teacher at Montgomery Blair High School, Silver
Spring, Maryland.
    * Karen Zill, on the board of directors of the Alliance for a Media
Literate American (AMLA), the national membership organization for media

We look forward to seeing you there and chatting with you at the reception!

Where: American University, Washington College of Law, Room 603_4801
Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC Driving Directions and Parking
information available at:

When: Tuesday, September 25, 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow.
The event will be webcast at

Registration is appreciated to assist us estimate attendance for purposes of
ordering refreshments, but is not required to attend. To register, visit, or email [log in to unmask]

Jeremy Butler

Professor - TCF Dept. - U Alabama

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