The Cost of Copyright Confusion for Media Literacy

Confused about copyright? You're not alone.
Media literacy educators rely on the ability to use copyrighted materials in their teaching. But ignorance about copyright -- and particularly a lack of awareness of the fair use provision - is interfering with teachers' ability to teach important critical thinking and communication skills that enable them to promote digital learning.

Please join Professors Renee Hobbs of Temple University, Peter Jaszi of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University's Washington College of Law and Pat Aufderheide of the Center for Social Media in the School of Communication at American University on Tuesday, September 25, for the release of their report, . The event starts at 2pm, followed by a reception.

Participants include will include high school teachers affected by copyright regulations, representatives from the media literacy movement, and leading legal scholars in the area of copyright, fair use, and education. Panelists will explore such issues as:

What do teachers know (and don't know) about copyright?
How does copyright confusion limit the quality of student learning?
What are effective solutions to this problem?
Who: Pat Aufderheide will moderate the event. A panel of scholars, including Hobbs, Jaszi, and Kenneth Crews, a legal scholar at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and author of Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators, will discuss the findings of the report. Following the panel, the following people will discuss the meaning of the report for their organizations and work:
Dale Allender, Associate Executive Director of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the leading professional membership organization for English language arts educators.
Shay Taylor, media teacher at Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland.
Karen Zill, on the board of directors of the Alliance for a Media Literate American (AMLA), the national membership organization for media literacy
We look forward to seeing you there and chatting with you at the reception!
Where: American University, Washington College of Law, Room 603_4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC Driving Directions and Parking information available at:

When: Tuesday, September 25, 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow.
The event will be webcast at

Registration is appreciated to assist us estimate attendance for purposes of ordering refreshments, but is not required to attend. To register, visit, or email [email protected]