[TONIGHT] Wireside Chat with Lawrence Lessig: Fair Use, Politics, and Online Video

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on February 25, 2010


Tonight, February 25, 2010, Lawrence Lessig will deliver a talk on fair use and politics in online video from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA. Come in person, or tune in to this Wireside Chat, a live webcast from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, ET.

In conjunction with the Cambridge event, the Open Video Alliance (OVA) is hosting screenings in cities around the world. Many of these screenings will be followed by special presentations. In New York, check out a curation by the ReMixed Media Festival. In Los Angeles, take part in a Critical Commons workshop. If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, check out a live audiovisual demonstration by Eclectic Method at Stanford Law School. For more details, visit The Open Video Alliance site.

Lessig's talk will explore copyright in a digital age, and the importance of a doctrine like fair use for free expression on the Internet. Fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, and is essential for commentary, criticism, news reporting, remix, research, teaching and scholarship with video. As a medium, online video will be most powerful when it is fluid, like a conversation. Like the rest of the internet, online video must be designed to encourage participation, not just passive consumption.