Code of Best Practice Release

November 11th 9:30 AM
Watch the Recorded Media Stream & Chat

You’re Invited to a Special Event on November 11 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

Did you ever feel guilty about using an image you found on Google images, or a snippet of video, or part of a song because someone told you that it was stealing other people’s copyrighted work? We’ve been hearing more and more about owners’ rights to copyright--- but many people are not aware that users have rights, too. Under the Doctrine of Fair Use, people are able to incorporate copyrighted materials into their own creative work, especially when their new work adds value to or re-purposes the existing material.

With the rise of digital media tools for creating messages, learning and sharing, it is more important than ever for students and educators to understand their rights under copyright law. This event will show that, when it comes to the use of copyrighted material for teaching and learning, the overall message is “YES, YOU CAN”– and of course, that’s good news for everyone!

Please join us on Tuesday, November 11 at 9:30 a.m. at the National Constitution Center to learn how the Code of Best Practices clarifies the fair use rights of students and teachers. The Code of Best Practices reflects a national-level consensus among media literacy educators in K-12, university and afterschool programs about how copyright and fair use applies to specific instructional practices involving the use and sharing of copyrighted materials.

You’ll learn about why fair use matters to ensure that copyright law fulfills its purpose, under the U.S. Constitution, to help promote creativity and the spread of knowledge. We will showcase innovative curriculum materials, including videos and animated songs designed to teach about copyright and fair use.

This project is a collaboration with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University and was supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, with additional support from the Ford Foundation through the Future of Public Media Project at the Center for Social Media.


The National Constitution Center
Independence Mall, 525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Click here for directions.
Discounted Parking is available at the National Constitution Center Garage – entrance is on Race Street at 5th Street.

When: Tuesday, November 11, 9:30 am. Refreshments will be served.

Registration is appreciated to assist us estimate attendance for purposes of ordering refreshments.
To register, email

Questions? Email Renee Hobbs at

We look forward to seeing you there!