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Fair Use and the ACM Copyright Licensing Agreement

Two years ago, in response to frequent requests for copyright advice around the time camera-ready papers for CHI or CSCW are due, I wrote a blog post explaining the ACM copyright license. At the end I included some notes about third-party material, but I’ve gotten some inquiries specifically about that and have also had to deal […]

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New Professor Seeks Awesome Students for Research Adventures

TL;DR I’m recruiting PhD students – particularly those interested in social computing, online communities, ethics, law and policy, and/or fandom. As you may know, I am an assistant professor in the (shiny and new!) Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  This is an exciting place to be, because not only do we have […]

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Teaching Ethics & Policy with Science Fiction: The Crowdsourcing Post!

You know where I learned some important ethical lessons? Watching Star Trek. The Next Generation in particular has some great material – “The Measure of a Man” is a classic, debating Data’s humanity, and there’s even an episode titled “Ethics” in which a physician’s interest in collecting research data puts a patient’s life in danger.  But […]

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Remixers’ Understandings of Fair Use Online (CSCW 2014)

In honor of Fair Use Week, I thought I would finally throw up a post about the only not-yet-blogged-about paper that became part of my dissertation. This paper covers the exploratory interview study (conducted in 2011) that informed the rest of my PhD work on copyright and online communities. (If you’d like to see the […]

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An Archive of Their Own: A Case Study of Feminist HCI and Values in Design (CHI 2016)

[Straight to a link to the full paper] [Video of CHI presentation [Slide deck from CHI presentation] For years, I’ve been bringing up the fan fiction site Archive of Our Own (AO3) to folks in the HCI community, as a cool example of two things: (1) an amazingly successful open source project designed and built mostly […]

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Reality and Perception of Copyright Terms of Service for Online Content Creation (CSCW 2016)

Do you understand the terms that you “click to agree” to when you post content on sites like Facebook, Craigslist, or DeviantART? It’s okay, neither does anyone else! But whether blog posts, photographs, or social media status updates, you own the copyright in your original content – which means that in order for one of […]

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Who cares about my dog pictures? Ownership of social media content+data

A quick content analysis of my Instagram profile reveals that it’s about 25% pictures of my dog, 25% pictures of knitting, a smattering of selfies to show off geeky tshirts, and a few other things: landscapes, coffee, cross-stitch versions of famous paintings that hang on the wall at my favorite cafe. I have 57 Instagram followers. […]

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Reflections on the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen

A few years ago, I posted the following message to Facebook: I’m participating in a scavenger hunt, and my team has a list of things that we might need to complete unclaimed items: – a Stormtrooper uniform – a fireman – a snake – a string quartet – 4 plastic big wheels – a church […]

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#Serial: Fandom Community Meets Armchair Law

In the couple of days leading up to the finale of Serial, the new NPR podcast that has gone viral in a “not this many people actually listen to NPR” kind of way, I spent some time reading the subreddit devoted to the show. I study social computing, fandom communities, and law, and suddenly these […]

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The Chilling Tale of Copyright in Online Creative Communities

This piece originally appeared in an issue of XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students in 2013. Due to the ACM paywall, I am reproducing it here (as allowable under their copyright terms!), but you can also see the original, nicely formatted version by following the Authorizer link on my Publications page. Feel free to cite […]

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