Expanding the Utility of Fair Use in Copyright: The Best Practices Model
American University, Washington, D.C., US
Patricia Aufderheide is a professor in the School of Communication, and director of the Center for Social Media there. She is the author of, among others, ‘Documentary: A Very Short Introduction’ (Oxford, 2007), ‘The Daily Planet’ (University of Minnesota Press, 2000), and of ‘Communications Policy in the Public Interest’ (Guilford Press, 1999). She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota.
Being able to access copyrighted material is fundamental to freedom of expression. This is ever more acutely obvious in a digital environment, in which exchange of quoted and often remixed copyrighted material is a daily feature of media use and social networking. But it is a basic right that requires better public education to balance the censorship effects of monopoly ownership rights.