Copyright Self-Censorship

April 2, 2010

Communications scholars are unaware of their ability to have fair use right to copyrighted works, and as a result are leaving out key materials from publications, according to a report issued Thursday by the Center for Social Media, at American University. Among the findings of a survey of members of the International Communication Association: "Nearly half the respondents express a lack of confidence about their copyright knowledge in relation to their research. Nearly a third avoided research subjects or questions and a full fifth abandoned research already under way because of copyright concerns. In addition, many ICA members have faced resistance from publishers, editors, and university administrators when seeking to include copyrighted works in their research."

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