The Chronicle of Higher Education reports:

> images is scheduled to start signing up campus customers
> today. The digital collection, called ArtSTOR, could soon
> lead to the extinction of those noisy slide projectors in art
> classes.
> --> SEE

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What makes this of interest to film/TV educators is ArtSTOR's cautious
testing of "fair use" of images online. Many of us would like to put
images from films and TV programs on our class Websites, but we feel
uncertain about the copyright implications. ArtSTOR has had to face
these issues head-on:

> [Project director James L.] Shulman says that complicated fair-use
> policies, which restrict the sharing of copyrighted images, explain
> the group's slow progress, and also why colleges have not done more
> digitizing projects on their own. "This has been a big stopper for
> doing what's kind of a simple idea," he says.
> Because some fair-use regulations pertaining to online images and text
> have barely been tested, Mr. Shulman says, ArtSTOR is treading
> carefully. The site is set up so that only people on subscribing
> campuses can see it, and the images it collects cannot be saved to a
> user's computer. The archive does not include contemporary works whose
> copyright has not yet expired, although Mr. Shulman hopes to work with
> artists'-rights groups to make more 20th-century images available.

As Shulman notes, fair-use has barely been tested in the digital age --
leaving educators puzzled about what is and isn't fair use of
copyrighted material in an educational context. I'm not sure that
ArtSTOR's collection will help clarify fair use, but it is an
interesting precedent.

Jeremy Butler
Television: Critical Methods and Applications

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