Tighter legal framework could stifle creativity


Doctoral research into media education and media literacy at the University of Leicester has highlighted how increased legislative control on use of digital content could stifle future creativity.
 
The Digital Economy Act 2010, alongside further domestic and global legislation – including the ongoing ‘Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)’ – combines to constitute a very hard line against any form of perceived copyright infringement.
 
Research implies that these pieces of legislation could stifle the creative opportunities for youngsters with tough regulation on digital media restricting young peoples’ ability to transform copyrighted material for their own personal and educational uses. 
 
Postgraduate researcher Anthony Avery from the School of Education said: “There is a growing risk that creativity in the form of mash-ups, remixes and parodies will be stifled by content producers. With no clear ‘fair use’ policy, even when it comes to educational media production we are in danger of tainting many young people’s initial encounters with the law. Clarity is needed, but with that clarity must come compromise.”
 
Anthony is calling for a compromise between content producers and users to overcome unnecessary obstacles that legislation will put in place enabling young people to use digital media without fear of prosecution.