Copyrights and creative commons licensing : pedagogical innovation in a higher education media literacy classroom

Kapitzke, Cushla, Dezuanni, Michael L., & Iyer, Radha (2011) Copyrights and creative commons licensing : pedagogical innovation in a higher education media literacy classroom. E-Learning and Digital Media, 8(3), pp. 271-282.

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This article examines the role of copyrights in contemporary media literacies. It argues that, provided they are ethical, young people’s engagement with text should occur in environments that are as free from restriction as possible. Discussion of open culture ecologies and the emergent education commons is followed by a theorisation of both literacy and copyrights education as forms of epistemology: that is, as effects of knowledge producing discourses and practices. Because Creative Commons licenses respect and are based on existing copyright laws, a brief overview of traditional copyrights for educators is first provided. We then describe the voluntary Creative Commons copyright licensing framework (“some rights reserved”) as an alternative to conventional “all rights reserved” models. This is followed by an account of a series of workshop activities on copyrights and Creative Commons conducted by the authors in the media literacy classes of a preservice teacher education program in Queensland, Australia. It provides one example of a practical program on critical copyrights approaches, which may be adapted and used by other school and higher education institutions.

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ID Code: 39756
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Copyright, media literacy, digital media literacy, media education, preservice teacher education, new literacies, Creative Commons copyrights, HERN
ISSN: 2042-7530
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2011 01:50
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2011 07:30

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