On Thursday the 25th the iSchool is hosting a video webcast with Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School on the issues of fair use & copyright in online video. This will be a three part event starting with a streamed video talk by Lessig then an open Q&A online w/Lessig and closing with an in person 45 minute discussionof fair use rights complete with recent examples.
This event is free to attend, open to students and the public and being held at Mary Gates Hall room 251 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm west coast time. Here is more information from
On February 25th, 2010, our first WiresideChat kicks off with a live webcast of a talk by Lawrence Lessig. Professor Lessig will deliver a talk on fair use and politics in online video from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA. Come in person, or tune in to a live webcast at http://openvideoalliance.org/lessig.
In conjunction with the Cambridge event, the Open Video Alliance is hosting live webcast screenings in cities around the world. Many of these screenings will be followed by special presentations. In New York, check out a curation by the ReMixed Media Festival. In Los Angeles, take part in a Critical Commons workshop. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, check out a live audiovisual demonstration by Eclectic Method at Stanford Law School. For more details, or to host your own event, visit http://openvideoalliance.org/lessig.
Lessig’s talk will explore copyright in a digital age, and the importance of a doctrine like fair use. Fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, and is essential for commentary, criticism, news reporting, remix, research, teaching and scholarship with video. As a medium, online video will be most powerful when it is fluid, like a conversation. Like the rest of the internet, online video must be designed to encourage creative expression and political participation, not just passive consumption.
If you have questions about attending please feel free to email Brian <at> BrianRowe.org . Read more about the event at the Open Video Alliance. I am also covering related topics in the class I am teaching at the iSchool IMT 550 Law, Ethics, Policy & Information Management.