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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Creative Use of a Blog in a Law School Course

Law professors contemplating the use of blogs
in their courses may want to check out Peter
Friedman's What is Fair Use?, a blog he created for
his legal analysis and writing class at Case Western.
Friedman assigns students a legal problem that’s used
in their writing assignments. Students use the blog
to address their arguments about whether the song
“K Cera Cera” by the band KLF infringed on “Whatever
Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera),” a tune made famous
by Doris Day. The blog discussion includes links to relevant
copyright web sites, to music files and even videos.

In an article about the blog in the April 29 issue of the
Chronicle of Higher Education, Friedman states:
"Of all the things I’ve tried, the blog has been the most
successful in promoting’s certainly especially
suited to fair-use discussions, since we can post videos.”

Hat tip to the Adjunct Faculty Blog.