Media and Telecommunications Policy and Legislation











  • Copyright and Intellectual Property Information
  • Telecommunications Policy
  • Censorship
  • Media Literacy
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property Information

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Video & Multimedia: A Selected Bibliography

    Frequently Asked Questions About Film & Video Copyright (UC Berkeley)

    Copyright, Intellectual Property Rights, and Licensing Issues (via UC Berkeley SunSite)

    Full text of the US Copyright Law

    Stanford University Copyright/Fair Use Web Site

    Copyright Web Site

    Information about public performance rights and permissions

    Fair Use in the Electronic Age: Serving the Public Interest (American Library Assn.)

    LARC Fact Sheet 7 - Video and Copyright (American Library Assn.)

    Digital Future Coaltion
    The Digital Future Coalition (DFC) was formed in the fall of 1995 to work towards a thorough, broad and balanced Congressional debate of U.S. copyright law and policy. DFC's 27 members represent virtually every segment of the "information economy" and include creators, consumers and distributors of information. DFC believes that any changes in the nation's intellectual property laws must be carefully crafted not merely to protect copyright proprietors and existing business models, but to foster broad public access to information, innovation in industry and education, and the privacy rights of all Americans.

    International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Copyright & Intellectual Property site

    Distance Education Clearinghouse

    Multimedia Law Repositories & Related Links

    Copyright and Intellectual Property Resources (Via Kent State)

    Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia and Related Documents and Links

    Conference on Fair Use (CONFU) Report

    Telecommunications Policy

    Alliance for Community Media (http://www.alliancecm.org/)
    The Alliance for Community Media is committed to assuring everyone's access to electronic media. The Alliance accomplishes this by creating public education, advancing a positive legislative and regulatory environment, building coalitions, and supporting local organizing. A nonprofit, national membership organization founded in 1976, the Alliance represents the interests of over 1,000 public, educational and governmental ("PEG") access organizations (generally known as "public access") and public access internet centers throughout the country. It also represents the interests of an estimated 1.5 million individuals, through their local religious, community, charitable and other groups, who utilize PEG access television centers and Internet providers to speak to their memberships and their larger communities.

    Alliance for Public Technology (http://www.apt.org/index.html)
    The Alliance for Public Technology (APT) is a nonprofit membership organization based in Washington, DC. Membership is open to all non-profit organizations and individuals, not members of the affected industries, concerned with fostering access to affordable and useful information and communication services and technologies by all people.

    The Benton Foundations (http://www.benton.org)
    Includes substantial information regarding developments related to national telecommunications policy, the communications industry, and the National Information Infrastructure. The Benton site includes a large number of links to Web sites related to these issues and organizations. Excellent essays, opinion pieces, and research findings on a panoply of new media/new communications topics.

    Broadcasting and Cable Online (http://www.broadcastingcable.com)
    A multi-university research and outreach program designed to foster business and is a multi-university research and outreach program designed to foster business and  public policy research on communications issues of regional, national and international importance.public policy research on communications issues of regional, national and international importance.

    The Center for Media Education (CME) ((http://www.cme.org/)
    The Center for Media Education (CME) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of electronic media, especially on the behalf of children and families.

    Center for Research on Telcommunications Policy (UC Berkeley) (http://groups.haas.berkeley.edu/imio/crtp/)
    Current and late-breaking news from the broadcast trenches. More than you'd ever want to know about deals, mergers, rifts, squabbles, and high-rolling fist fights in the TV and cable industry. An excellent source for news about current legislation (from an industry perspective).

    Consumer Project on Technology (http://www.essential.org/cpt/cpt.html)
    Information and links to information concerning intellectual property, media monopoly, telecommunications policy, public access to media...and more.

    Corporation for Public Broadcasting (http://www.cpb.org/)
    Includes useful information about CPB and the state of public broadcasting in the US; information, opinions, and research about evolving broadcasting technologies and industry trends (check out, for eg, "Projecting the Television Audience in the Digital Future" [http://ready.cpb.org/library/presentations/esomar.html] and "Going Digital: From Zero to One" [http://ready.cpb.org/library/features/godigital/index.html])

    Digital Future Coaltion (http://www.dfc.org)
    The Digital Future Coalition (DFC) was formed in the fall of 1995 to work towards a thorough, broad and balanced Congressional debate of U.S. copyright law and policy. DFC's 27 members represent virtually every segment of the "information economy" and include creators, consumersand distributors of information. DFC believes that any changes in the nation's intellectual property laws must be carefully crafted not merely to protect copyright proprietors and existing business models, but to foster broad public access to information, innovation in industry and education, and the privacy rights of all Americans.

    Electronic Frontier Foundation (http://www.eff.org/)
    Founded in 1990, EEFis a non-profit, non-partisan organization working in the public interest to protect fundamental civil liberties, including privacy and freedom of expression, in the arena of computers and the Internet. EEF's website is a good resource for tracking such issues as internet privacy and security, internet free speech and censorship.

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)http://www.fcc.gov/

    Media Access Project (MAP) (http://www.mediaaccess.org/)
    Media Access Project (MAP) is a twenty-four year old non-profit, public interest law firm which promotes the public's First Amendment right to hear and be heard on the electronic media of today and tomorrow. MAP's site includes information about current activities of the Project, press releases on hot telecommunication and media topics, and an excellent page of links to telecommunications policy and legislation sites and organizations (http://www.mediaaccess.org/maproom.html)

    Media Monopoly (via Paper Tiger TV web site) (http://www.well.com/user/srhodes/mediamonopoly.html

    Telecom A.M. (http://www.telecommunications.com/am)
    Warren Publishing's exclusive wrap-up of the day's telecommunications news.

    Telecommunications Act of 1996 (http://www.technologylaw.com/techlaw/act_index.html)
    A hypertext version of the 1996 Act is also available via the Benton Foundation at http://www.technologylaw.com/techlaw/act_index.html

    Telecommunications: Law, Policy, and Society (American Communication Assn.) (http://www.uark.edu/depts/comminfo/www/telecomm.html)
    A page of links to sites related to current telecommunications law and policy.

    The Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute [TIPI] (University of Texas) (http://www.utexas.edu/research/tipi/)
    The Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute (TIPI) was established in May 1996 by the University of Texas at Austin, in response to the unprecedented opportunities in Texas associated with telecommunications. Originally established as a statewide resource, TIPI has grown to play a key role in advising both the public and private sectors in setting priorities and allocating resources at the state, national and international levels. As an interdisciplinary institute, TIPI engages faculty scholars from diverse colleges and departments from the University of Texas and various institutions of higher learning worldwide. These TIPI faculty associates assist in the design and implementation of the policy analysis and research initiatives of the Institute. They also are encouraged to seek grants and contracts in the relevant and important areas of telecommunications policy.

    Censorship

    Electronic Frontier Foundation

    File Room
    Was there a time or place in history in which censorship did not exist? Was there ever a group of human beings that was able to survive without censure? These questions precede and introduce The File Room, and locate censorship as a complex concept ingrained in our conscious/subconscious reality. Despite the impossible nature of attempting to define censorship, The File Room is a project that proposes to address it, providing a tool for discussing and coming to terms with cultural censorship.

    Freedom of Expression Links

    Media Literacy

    Center for Media Literacy (Los Angeles)

    Children and the Media Program
    The Children and the Media Program is designed to spearhead a new national commitment to improving the quality of media for and about children. Our goal is to help raise awareness among leaders in the news and entertainment industries about the needs of children, and to encourage more effective portrayals of and services to young people. We also advocate for improved public policies affecting children's media.

    Curricular Resources in Media Literacy/Studies
    Here are a number of links to Internet sites which contain information and/or other links related to Media Literacy/Studies.

    Just Think Foundation
    The Just Think Foundation was established to promote critical thinking about popular media. Our purpose is to address the fundamental issues behind how traditional and interactive media influence the behavior of young people. We are creating messages which evoke consciousness about media and applying these messages to spark critical thinking about the media young people experience everyday.

    Media Education Foundation
    The Media Education Foundation is a non-profit educational organization devoted to media research and the production of resources to aid educators and others in fostering analytical media literacy. We believe that a media literate citizenry is essential to a vibrant democracy in a diverse and complex society.

    Media Education Resources on the Internet (via WCGU-TV)

    MEDIAForum
    MediaForum (formerly MediaNet) is an electronic resource collection and networking tool. It includes the research, policy and opinion documents to inform users about the myriad of social, economic and policy factors around media's influence in the lives of children and families. MediaForum was developed for Family Re-Union IV: The Family and the Media held July 9-10, 1995 in Nashville Tennessee. This a national conference moderated by Vice President Al Gore. The web site includes proceedings from this conference. And, MediaForum provides an Electronic Bulletin Board to facilitate the discussion of issues covered at the conference, to increase the number and diversity of voices participating in this discussion, and hopefully to move our nation toward policies and action.

    Media Launchpad
    As the Information Age evolves, it is increasingly important for us to understand how we communicate and think when using electronic media.

    These Pages will facilitate the study of Electronic Communications by providing links to appropriate Internet sites, documents and search engines. As you browse the pages, think about how you are feeling and reacting to the information.

    Media Literacy (La Plaza Telecommunity Foundation)

    Media Literacy Page (Social Studies Web Site)

    Media literacy web sites
    Part of the History/Social Studies Web Site for K-12 Teachers. The major purpose of this home page is to begin the task of making the use of the Internet easier for busy social studies teachers and to encourage the use of the World Wide Web as a tool for learning and teaching. The documents, links, and text files listed in the various categories below should provide some help for classroom teachers (especially at the Middle School and Secondary level) in locating and using the resources of the Internet in the classroom.

    PBS TeacherSource

    Strategies for Media Literacy (via KQED, San Francisco)

    Online Visual Literacy Project (Pomona College)

    University of Oregon Media Literacy Project

    Yahoo--Media Literacy links

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