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Peer Review

A Fair(y) Use Tale

by Eric Faden


Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Jun 30, 2010 by Teacher Education
Overview: This video was created by Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University. An original copy of the video can be downloaded from: The video uses a collection of unrelated Disney clips to explain how Fair Use laws would allow remixing short pieces of copyrighted work without breaking the law. He intentionally chose Disney clips because of their reputation for pursuing copyright violators.
Learning Goals: Individual faculty will determine the learning goals when using this clip. It will most likely be used to help learners understand Fair Use and copyright laws.
Target Student Population: We all need to be responsible digital citizens so it is appropriate to begin discussing copyright issues with older elementary school children all the way through to adult learners.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Users of this material should have a general idea about the legalities of using other people's creations. Users should also know how to use an Internet browser and install any necessary plug-ins in order to get it to play correctly, such as Flash MacroMedia or Javascript.
Type of Material: This learning object is a YouTube video clip.
Recommended Uses: This video could be used with other resources as part of a discussion on Fair Use with teachers and students from middle school to higher education.
Technical Requirements: Users need to have video-playing capabilities on their computers. This could be played with WMV or Quicktime but will usually be played within the browser window. All operating browsers seem to work, specifically Camino, IE-8, Safari, and Firefox (Mozilla).

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: While not everyone will appreciate the repetitive use of short video clips within this production, it was all done to prove the point; that we have the right to use small bits of other's work as long as it doesn't infringe on their rights as owners of the content. Professor Faden has done an excellent job of making this point. One reviewer has personally witnessed several educators saying that they understood Fair Use for the first time after watching this video.
Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Learning objectives include defining copyright infringement, what can be copyrighted, copyright duration, the public domain, fair use, and the reason that the Disney material was employed. Students and teachers should be able to basically explain the fundamentals of copyright law and that of fair use policy. From Bloom's Taxonomy, students will operate at the KNOWLEDGE level since they will simply know the information. Users will operate at the COMPREHENSION level as they will be able to state the copyright issues and rules in their own words. Users are also at the APPLICATION level as they will be able to compare the Disney content to any appropriate content that is being created or presented in a classroom. The material is readily integrated ONLY if YouTube is not blocked by the school district's firewalls. The goals are easily identified by the video chapter headings.
Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The video is very short and plays within the internet browser. Any prompts to download plug-ins (however very unlikely) should be easily done. All buttons and controls of the chosen media player should be familiar and easy to manipulate/navigate. The Youtube version is attractive to students as most of them are very comfortable with the Youtube medium.
Concerns: YouTube is often blocked by K-12 districts.