Video explains fair use for video (video video)

Making a video and hoping not to get sued? Check out American University's Center for Social Media Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video, now with video explanation:

American University's Center for Social Media and AU Washington College of Law's Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, in collaboration with Stanford Law School's Fair Use Project, are launching a new video explaining how online video creators can make remixes, mashups, and other common online video genres with the knowledge that they are staying within copyright law.

The video, titled Remix Culture: Fair Use Is Your Friend , explains the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video , a first of its kind document--coordinated by AU professors Pat Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi--outlining what constitutes fair use in online video. The code was released July 2008.

"This video lets people know about the code, an essential creative tool, in the natural language of online video. The code protects this emerging zone from censorship and self-censorship," said Aufderheide, director of the Center for Social Media and a professor in AU's School of Communication. "Creators, online video providers, and copyright holders will be able to know when copying is stealing and when it's legal."

Fair Use and Online Video

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video


  1. Very good. But not “a first of its kind document” — See Bucknell’s take on it here:

  2. The slow pacing and overall cheesiness of that video makes it feel like a McDonald’s employee training video, despite being informative. I doubt its message will get to the people it needs to reach (i.e. everyone) in its current form.

    I’ll see what I can throw together maybe.

  3. WE’d love love love to see videos others make about the Code, and we’d love to showcase them on our blog at (you can also write Ours is designed to reach so many different kinds of people (for instance we expect content company lawyers to provide us some close scrutiny!) that it’s just bound not to be perfectly right for anybody. Looking forward, Pat Aufderheide

  4. Following this video won’t actually prevent you from being sued, of course. You’re more likely to win, but only if you can afford to fight in court for your rights.

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