As they say in the Starship Troopers movie, “Would you like to know more?” Glee highlights important issues in copyright law. So, if you’re interested in making mash-ups or posting videos on youtube and similar sites, what should you know? What resources are available to help you figure out what to do?
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has written a thorough guide to help creative individuals navigate the issues surrounding posting videos and what to do if youtube takes down your video. For the more visually inclined, you can also watch this video about disputing takedowns, made after the Hitler downfall parody takedown controversy.
For those looking to read more about the mash-up and remixing culture Glee celebrates, Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture and Remix delve deeply into the issues with fascinating examples and a serious but accessible analysis of the law.
Finally, if you’re an artist who wants to allow others to use your work more freely, you can license your work under a creative commons license. There are several different licenses available that give the public varying degrees of freedom to use your work.