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Best practices for fair use of online video

Via PaidContent, the Center for Social Media at American University has published a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video.”

More and more, video creation and sharing depend on the ability to use and circulate existing copyrighted work. Until now, that fact has been almost irrelevant in business and law, because broad distribution of nonprofessional video was relatively rare. Often people circulated their work within a small group of family and friends. But digital platforms make work far more public than it has ever been, and cultural habits and business models are developing. As practices spread and financial stakes are raised, the legal status of inserting copyrighted work into new work will become important for everyone.

Definitely worth a read as you deal with online video and what’s appropriate use.

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