Creative Work

As a student, an active blogger, and writer  I found “The Code Of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education” to be interesting and informative. One concept that is discussed in this article is the right of fair use. Simply put, fair use is defined as “the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances – especially when the cultural or social benefits of the use are predominant”

We’ve already learned about media, but there is also media literacy. Media literacy allows us to access, analyze, evaluate, and communicate messages in a vast variety. Media literacy is often applied to watching television, reading a newspaper, posting a comment onto a blog, and etc. There are five principles that apply to “institutional settings” and to “non-school based program”. One of the five principles that I found interesting was, “Student use of copyrighted materials in their own academic and creative work.” Students are encouraged to strengthen their media literacy skills by forming messages and using languages, images, sound,music and digital media to express and share significance.

Fair use applies to my blog and I because it is a form of media literacy. I used quotations, my knowledge, and my experiences in my blog. I use pictures from Google and various website but I always include a “Credit To:”. As an example, I included a link to my blog with pictures I’ve used from Google and so on.By using quotations, cultural, and social aspects in a creative work you are reproducing a new piece of work like none other.

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– Jessica Deng


One response to “Creative Work

  1. When reading about your post about the use the copyright issues, i can see that there are multiple points of views on how it can work for and against anyone who wants to write something or post something online. It is true that we use these same works that we read online and “paraphrase” it to make it ours and putting a footnote saying that the idea of it was “borrowed” from another site. But each time we think about it, every word we write at this time even at this very moment can be a copyright issue because words are used so daily in the world that it is not impossible that someone else wrote similar to what we wrote. I read a article online about the right of plagiarism in Korea, where it is okay to use others writings because in order for the students to learn, one must be able to understand the another person. Of course this doesn’t mean that a Korean student can copy the paper of a professor and hand it in as a paper but it isn’t a very big issue in Korea which one day i hope we can do it also.

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