Remix Culture: Making Fair Use Your Friend

Answering the nagging question, "How do I know if it's fair use?"

Ever wonder when you're allowed to remix, mashup, or pay tribute to a copyrighted online video without permission or payment?  Well, the Center for Social Media at American University has put together a creative explanation of fair use, which is key to copyright law. 

Check out the video to understand the Code of Best Practices for Fair Use, then visit their website: It's got loads of resources on the importance of fair use, complete with teaching materials and examples of fair use in action.

ZP Heller is the editorial director of Brave New Films. He has written for The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post, covering everything from politics to pop culture.