New study explores unauthorized use of copyrighted works

Our friends at American University’s Center for Social Media, Director Pat Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, co-director of the American University’s Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, have studied the way we upload videos and multimedia online and the copyright implications.

Their research produced a study, Recut, Reframe, Recycle: Quoting Copyrighted Material in User-Generated Video (PDF) that finds that what some authors may call “unauthorized use” or “infringing,” may often be an exercise of legally protected free-speech. Furthermore, Aufderheide and Jaszi find that consumers’ freedom-of-speech rights are being threatened by anti-piracy filtering.

How better to explain a study on video uploading than to post a video:

The study has also compiled a large set of example videos (see bottom of page) (XLS) from 75 online sources to demonstrate their point.

I wanted to let folks know that Aufderheide and Jaszi will be at the Consumer Electronics Show 2008, next week on Monday, Jan. 7, on a panel to discuss their study and delve into digital rights management. For those attending CES, here’s the pertinent info:

The True Cost of DRM: What Can’t We Do Now?
Monday, January 07, 2008
10:30 a.m.-11:30a.m.
LVCC, North Hall, N254

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