Center for Social Media

Working paper

Social justice documentary: designing for impact

This working paper aims to synthesize current efforts to develop comparable evaluation methods for social issue documentary films. Authored by two researchers who have been jointly documenting the field’s transformation over the past five years, this paper offers a framework for planning and evaluating the...

Public media 2.0: dynamic, engaged publics

This report offers an expanded vision for public media: multiplatform, participatory, and centered around informing and mobilizing networks of engaged users. Showcasing trends and experiments from the "first two minutes" of public media 2.0, the report provides a map of opportunities and ways to make...

The code of best practices in fair use for media literacy education

This document is a code of best practices that helps educators using media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances?especially when the cultural or...

Code of best practices in fair use for online video

Remixes, mashups, fan tributes and other creative work burgeoning in online video often use copyrighted material without permission or payment. When is it fair to do so? This code focuses on the still-evolving world of online video, and will help to protect creators from automatic...

Recut, reframe, recycle: quoting copyrighted material in user-generated video

When college kids make mashups of Hollywood movies, are they violating the law? Not necessarily, according to this study on copyright and creativity. The study shows that many uses of copyrighted material in today?s online videos are eligible for fair use consideration. The study points...