…Media Breaker, a free online video editor designed for remixing copyrighted content in an educational setting, has been our most ambitious project yet. I’m proud to say we launched the Media Breaker on Oct. 29, and it is now live at mediabreaker.org.
This working prototype was made possible by the Knight Prototype Fund, and was developed in partnership with the Seidenberg Creative Labs at Pace University. It came about as a result of The LAMP’s work in public schools, where we discovered that teaching new literacies—including media, technology and information literacy—is often hindered by a lack of both fair use awareness and access to multimedia tools that can be learned quickly by teachers and students who are new to media-making technology. Now, with the Media Breaker, everyone can use copyrighted content, such as music videos, news clips, commercials and more, to create remixes and media “breaks” talking back to media messages.
And they can do it legally. Media Breaker is designed in such a way that all users learn about and practice fair use, which allows for the reuse of copyrighted materials in an educational setting, as long as certain guidelines are followed.
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