Research Category

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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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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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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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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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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Understanding Copyright Law in Online Creative Communities (CSCW 2015)

Update: This paper was chosen as a Best Paper at CSCW 2015. You can download the paper here as well as the slides from my presentation here. Copyright is a difficult area of the law, but now with so many of us creating content online, it actually matters for normal people and not just lawyers […]

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LinkedIn Terms of Service: From one of the worst to one of the best

In the past year, I’ve been picking on LinkedIn a bit for the copyright licensing requirements in their Terms of Service. When talking about my work I routinely throw up a slide with this block of text as a visual demonstration of how unreadable TOS can be, and then explain worst case scenarios of what […]

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