When four students sued the Puyallup School District in 2008 claiming the JagWire student newspaper violated their privacy, no one really expected anything good to come out of the lawsuit for student journalists.
University foundations control hundreds of billions of dollars in donor assets Harvard's investment portfolio alone is valued at well over $25 billion. At public colleges, foundations often resist complying with the same disclosure laws that apply to their affiliated universities, claiming to be nonprofit corporations and not government agencies. But there are ways to peek behind the curtain of secrecy and inform the public about how these monied and influential institutions operate.
We hope that, when you take a look through the revamped splc.org site, you'll agree that the redesign -- the first overhaul of the site in more than nine years -- makes the website a more appealing place to linger and a more useful place to learn.
What follows is an introduction to the copyright issues facing student broadcasters in a technologically diverse and evolving environment. Along with a brief history of recording copyright, this article examines both the House and Senate versions of the Performance Rights Act and provides some basic advice on how to best advocate as student broadcasters. Finally, it concludes by putting the debate surrounding radio copyright fees in the broader context of an industry transitioning toward a digital future.