In 1998, university professor Kembrew McLeod (Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa) trademarked the phrase "freedom of expression"--a startling comment on the way that intellectual property law restricts creativity and expression of ideas. This provocative and amusing documentary explores the battles being waged in courts, classrooms, museums, film studios, and the Internet over control of our cultural commons.
Based on McLeod's award-winning book of the same title, Freedom of Expression(r) charts the many successful attempts to push back this assault by overzealous copyright holders. Freedom of Expression(r) is an essential tool for educators.
In 1937, the science fiction writer H. G. Wells imagined a "World Brain" containing all of the world's knowledge, accessible to all people, that would be "so compact in its material form and so gigantic in its scope and possible influence" that it could transcend even nation states and governments. Seventy years later, Google set about realizing Wells' vision, launching a massive project to scan millions of books from university library collections -- and triggering a fierce backlash in the process. When it was discovered that over half of the first ten million books Google scanned were still in copyright, authors from around the world joined together to wage a fierce legal battle against the Internet giant, culminating in a dramatic courtroom showdown in 2011.
In gripping detail, Google & the World Brain tells the fascinating story of this complicated struggle over intellectual property and access to human knowledge, offering crucial insights into broader debates surrounding data-mining and privacy, downloading and copyright, fair use, freedom and surveillance.
Even if something is online, it's most likely someone (or a company) owns the rights to that information, whether it's a YouTube video or a WordPress blog post. This video discusses intellectual property and how to stay on the right side of the law.
Host Jeannine Edwards reminds viewers that Fair Use has been the subject of litigation more than any other limitation in the Copyright Law. For this reason attorney Arnie Lutzker devotes this entire program on the subject of Fair Use, providing a clear understanding of what is and what is not covered by the rules of Fair Use.