Will I get in trouble? Fair Use Copyright Doctrine for Educators

I came across this today and want to post it for all the teachers who read this blog! The article is helpful as are the materials and links it refers to.



Copyright code developed to guide teachers

Monday, November 10, 2008

By Eleanor Chute, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

To discourage high school students from smoking, medical instructor Brian Primack shows them cigarette advertisements and stills from movies, such as one of Julia Roberts smoking in “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”

Then he leads a discussion to help them learn how they’re being manipulated and how to examine critically what they see, read or hear.

“This is an emerging type of education,” said Dr. Primack, assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, “And as media becomes more and more widespread, not just from traditional sources. … this is going to be very important to teach young people about.”

Dr. Primack uses the materials for educational purposes under the fair-use doctrine, a portion of copyright law that permits some uses of copyrighted material without obtaining permission from the original creator.

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Without a Trace: “Miracle Worker” for your consideration


Did you see “Without a Trace”  last night? I thought it was extraordinary – about a weeping statue in a pub, the people who find it, and an authentic and touching look at sadness, faith, lack of faith, doubt, hope,  love and mercy.

Using the statue (character) of St. Therese, a French Carmelite nun  (1873 – 1897) was so appropriate because she had her own dark night of the soul and is known for this (see below for links to some books about this spiritual and mystical phenomenon that Mother Teresa also lived with for many years.)  This “Without a Trace” episode, entitled “Miracle Worker”, was a story with layers of dark nights for some of the usual characters (especially Jack played by Anthony La Paglia and Samantha played by Poppy Montgomery) and a teenage girl, her uncle and her father. The mercy and rays of light that come from faith and wanting to believe play out in very believable ways. It is a complex episode that was deftly written and rendered. I think this long-running show, now in its 7th season (CBS, Tuesdays, 10pm) deserves thoughtful attention because of its consistently human and catholic themes (little “c” and sometimes big “C”). This episode offers much to talk about around the water cooler – and in sermons and homilies, too.

“Miracle Worker”  is a perfect example of the sacramentality of television and cinema stories: the outward expression of inner realities.

A friend of mine who is a spiritual director told me back in 2002 that she thought “Without a Trace” is a Good Shepherd show: the FBI characters, despite their flaws, go in search of the lost, often at great personal cost.  As they search for others, they search for their own core self, for meaning that transcends their lives.

without-a-trace-season-2There’s one episode that I saved for a couple of years on my DVR: “Revelations” (Season 2, episode 2) , the one with Hector Elizondo as a dying priest who had been a drug addict before entering the seminary. He disappeared just when the organ he was waiting became available. He went to find a family to apologize for his role in the death of their son when they were both on the streets. The delay meant the organ went to someone else – his way of making restitution. You know the writing is excellent when a story like this can be told in 43 minutes – and remembered for years. There is so much mercy in this series. (This episode is available from iTunes (http://www.casttv.com/shows/without-a-trace/revelations/w3kuzy1)

Last night’s “Without a Trace” was Episode 12: “Miracle Worker” . I couldn’t find the entire episode online but there are clips. It may run again on Saturday: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/without_a_trace/

“Miracle Worker”:

Jack Malone: Anthony LaPaglia
Samantha Spade: Poppy Montgomery
Vivian Johnson: Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Danny Taylor: Enrique Murciano
Martin Fitzgerald: Eric Close
Elena Delgado: Roselyn Sanchez


Eddie Gilroy: Thomas Calabro
Amy Gilroy: Hayley McFarland
Angelo DiBenedetto: Tony Cicchetti
Nick: Chris Nelson Norris
Josh Gilroy: Myk Watford
Audrey Salke: Jackie Geary
Luis Ochoa: Christian Barillas
Tommy Nealon: Patrick Gallagher
Paul Shepard: Jeffrey Hutchinson
Remy: Steven M. Gagnon

STORY BY: Tom Donaghy

TELEPLAY BY: Jan Nash, one of the series’ executive producers and Bruce Rasmussen


Here are some classics about “the dark night of the soul”. You can order them from Amazon or the Pauline Book & Media Center nearest you: http://www.daughtersofstpaul.com/bookcenters/index.html


Story of a Soul: the Autobiography of St. Therese


moteresaMother Teresa: Come Be My Light – The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta


darknightjohn1The Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross