Fair use in film and media pedagogy
by Jason Mittell — Middlebury College
November 09, 2007 – 01:42
For the past two years, I’ve served on the Society for Cinema & Media Studies Public Policy Committee. I encouraged SCMS to form the committee, following the impetus emerging out of the Television Studies Interest Group, motivated primarily to tackle the issues of copyright and fair use as it impacts the field of film and media studies. I’m happy to say that our first major initiative has just been published - the SCMS Best Practices for Fair Use in Teaching is now available on the SCMS website and will be published in Cinema Journal soon. If you’re a film or media educator, I urge you to download the document - and if you’re not, share it with any educators you know. We’re optimistic that the document can serve as a small bulwark against the creeping protectionism being pushed by the content industries. We plan on following this document up with a similar statement focusing on publishing fair use issues. I’d be happy to answer any questions about this document, or field any concerns about publishing that we might address in the next document, in the comments below or on my own blog. Please share the link broadly, as we want this message to be heard.