When digital video first streamed into schools, many predicted it would one day revolutionize teaching and learning. But the threat of lawsuits and new copy-protection technologies are keeping educators from exercising their legal right to use portions of video and other digital media in the classroom, warned scholars and legal experts at a June 18 summit.

"Knowledge Held Hostage? Scholarly Versus Corporate Rights in the Digital World," sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, sought to find a place for digital media under the provision of "fair use"--a hotly debated exemption in


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