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The Copyright Era Meets the Open-Source World

#sxsw #fairuse

Fair use is a complex area of copyright law. Publishers have a love/hate relationship with fair use because on one hand, it lets them legally repurpose existing copyrighted material. On the other hand, publishers want to prevent others from stealing their content and republishing it illegally. People exercise caution when using work created by someone else, which is good because they are aware of the content creator's rights. However, an underlying principle of fair use is to promote and build upon the existing work of others to further develop innovative ideas. Publishers and those in the legal community vary widely in their opinions of fair use and these perspectives should be explored in a thoughtful and productive way through this session.


Ellyn Angelotti Faculty,Digital Trends & Social Media Non-Profit Organization Poynter Institute for Media Studies

Since joining The Poynter Institute in 2007, Ellyn Angelotti has helped Poynter explore the journalistic values and the legal challenges related to new technologies, especially social media. She also has helped create and develop Poynter’s use of interactive teaching tools like online chats and podcasts.

Angelotti regularly teaches journalists how to effectively use interactive tools as storytelling vehicles, and how using these tools changes the media landscape. In the summer of 2009 she traveled to South Africa to teach and research mobile storytelling. As a judge for national multimedia journalism contests, including the National Press Photographers Association Awards and E.W. Scripps National Journalism Awards, she has studied and taught about best practices in innovative storytelling.

Her current work is focused on the intersection of journalism, technology and the law. She is attending law school part-time at Stetson University College of Law.

Before coming to Poynter, Angelotti directed award-winning, nontraditional multimedia sports content at the Naples Daily News in Florida. There she created and produced two interactive vodcasts, “PrepZone” and “Blades Playbook,” which won the Newspaper Association of America’s Digital Edge Award for Most Innovative Multimedia Storytelling. While attending the University of Kansas, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and journalism, she worked at the Lawrence Journal-World as multimedia journalist. There she helped launch two award-winning websites and weekly print products, “Game” and “The Lansing Current.”