8 Replies Latest reply on Aug 9, 2010 8:40 PM by glen_w

    Copyright: Transformative & Repurposed Material


      I watched "Bloom's Taxonomy According to Pirates of the Caribbean" and wondered if it violated copyright? As I watched the clip, I considered how this use of the material was selected based on a repurpose. I was confident the clip did not diminish the amount of money that could/would go to the creator. I was not confident the clip is "Transformative" but considered it might be because the clip is focused on teaching a topic different than the video.


      I've embedded this video here in case you have not watched it before:


      What other great examples have you seen that are Transformative and Repurposed in nature? Please post your examples here in the community. Note, these can be multimedia or in another form. What might be done with students to allow them to create a copyright appropriate video like this?

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          Glen, take away the text between scenes, and that leaves 2:49 seconds of actual footage.  In strict copyright terms, I think it falls under fair use.  As to your other question, I can see a creative writing class creating a video of content of their choosing.  I would prefer the students create the video themselves, not just use bits and pieces of a popular movie.  But, that's me.


          I loved the clip!  Thanks for sharing.



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              I agree it would probably be most interesting and exciting if students created the entire video on their own. That said - I believe most students would be thrilled to create a Transformative video similar to this one. I'd rather have every student excited and working on such a project than have 20% or more of my class frustrated because they can't think of a script, don't want to appear on camera, etc.

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                  Glen, I agree with you about the 20%, but wouldn't this be a great opportunity to work with the Language Arts, Music and Art teachers in a big collaborative project!  You are always going to have that 20% that comes up with the excuses for "I don't want to because....".  I don't know, maybe I've been out of the classroom too long and I've forgotten what it's like.  You know your kids better than I do.  :-)


                  I don't know what the standards are in Utah, but in AZ one of the music standards deals with music careers.  I used that to create a major lesson with my 5th graders.  That gave me the ability to have every student involved at some level, no matter how seemingly small.  It was a great success.



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                      I'm now pondering your suggestion of including other content areas in collaboration like this. I think my Language Arts teacher may be very interested in this. Our State Science core does not include any standards that deal with "careers." I do not know if any other content areas include a "career" standard. Our science core is very focused on having students actively involved in "doing" science. I think I can find a way to have students use a Transformative Video to demonstrate learning - just have to wrap my mind around the concept(s) that we could use.

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                  Glen - I like this kind of discussion. It’s a great opportunity to create and/or share media. And you really got me thinking on this one. Your post took me down many roads.

                  Here’s my entries for a repurposed video and repurposed script.

                  I believe there’s real value in having kids make repurposed videos. I think kids know these better as mashups, and kids mashup everything: music, videos, pictures, anime comics. (Data and application mashups are a whole other story.) Effective mashups aren’t all that easy to produce. Sequencing isn’t all that easy. Think about a simple tribute video that highlight a performer’s life. Can you imagine how much time and effort it takes to get exactly the right “cut of content” and then match it to music?



                  Ok here’s some of the things I discovered and thought about after reading your post.

                  I googled the word mashup and came up with 5,660,000 hits, It produced hits for:
                  http://www.theremixclub.com/artist/ a pop music mashups site. http://www.mashup-charts.com/  a showcase for music video mashups.

                  Sometimes mashups are done with existing or “borrowed” media. Sometimes they are done with original media and then adopt the script of a well known commercial or movie. This type of project always generates fair-use and copyright issues. I always wonder why it’s an issue when kids use video clips but hardly ever are questioned when using magazine images in a montage.



                  Sometimes kids just don’t have the ability to get the media they need. If their doing a project on volcanoes it would be pretty hard for them to get their own footage. Some websites make it easy for kids to produce mashups. While I was out there surfing for repurposed videos and mashups I found these cool tools:

                  Make your own video mashups with wildlife footage from National Geographic. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/filmmaker.html

                  Make a Shark Week video mashup at Discovery

                  Propaganda video maker

                  Nickelodeon Video Maker



                  I also found contests where companies asked customers to submit their own videos (parodies or imitations) of successful advertising campaigns. I’d love to enter this one: The Amazon Kindle Contest

                  Here’s the commercial and the parody:

                  OK can you tell I like the repurposed video idea!!!