Casey Fiesler

Remix This Talk: The Role of Copyright in Online Creative Production

Date: February 10, 2015

Time: 4:00pm Р5:30pm

Room: Wells Library, Rm LI 001


Copyright law, once primarily the domain of publishers and lawyers, is now relevant to anyone with an Internet connection and a “share” button. However, it is also one of the most confusing and difficult parts of the law, especially as policies struggle to keep up with developing technology and practices. How do people make decisions every day about how they can share and reuse content online? How does what people know (and don’t know) about the law affect their online interactions and technology use? In this talk, I will discuss several studies of the role of copyright in online creative communities. This research has uncovered evidence of chilling effects caused by information deficits, ignorance of copyright policies and the terms you “click to agree” to online, and complex social norms formed in the absence of clear legal rules. I will also discuss where we go from here: strategies for dealing with these problems in online communities as well as ideas for delving deeper into the rules we follow online.


Casey Fiesler is a Ph.D. candidate in Human-Centered Computing in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. Armed with a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, she studies the intersection of social computing and law. Along with her JD, she holds an MS in Human-Computer Interaction and a BS in Psychology from Georgia Tech. Also interested in copyright advocacy, she has interned for Creative Commons and sits on the legal committee of the Organization for Transformative Works. Her copyright research has been recognized with a Best Paper Award for CSCW 2015 and has been featured in The New York Times. She was recently a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered to talk about her feminist remix of a Barbie book.