NYC-Based Education Nonprofit The LAMP Launches Media Breaker

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Free online video editor allows students to remix copyrighted content in an educational setting according to fair use guidelines.


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"The Media Breaker empowers young people to talk back to stereotypes and challenge mass media messages." D.C. Vito, Executive Director, The LAMP

The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project ) a non-profit organization educating and equipping people to shape the media landscape through hands-on training, today announces the official launch of Media Breaker at New York University’s Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy on Tuesday, October 29 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required; click here to register to attend. Media Breaker is a free online video editor for remixing third-party content such as news clips, commercials and music videos in an educational setting.

“The media hold prime real estate in the lives of our youth, and they need to be held accountable for their messages,” said D.C. Vito, Executive Director of The LAMP. “The Media Breaker empowers young people to talk back to stereotypes and challenge mass media messages. Plus, its cloud-based platform and simple design make it a viable option for teachers who want to meet students where they are, and use popular media as a gateway for critical thinking and new literacies.”

The launch event, called Taking on the Take-Down Notice: Copyright, Youth and Educators in Harmony, will include a discussion moderated by NYU Law Professor Christopher Sprigman with New York City students about how fair use laws have impacted their education. The event will also include a demonstration of the Media Breaker tool, and a panel with leading experts in the fields of intellectual property law, education and digital rights. The panel will include:

  •     Christopher Bavitz, Managing Director, Harvard Law School's Cyberlaw Clinic based at the Berkman Center;
  •     Jeanne Fromer, Professor of Law at NYU School of Law focusing on copyright, intellectual property and patent law;
  •     Elisa Kreisinger, Digital Artist, Fair Use Rights Activist and Artist-in-Residence at Eyebeam Art+Technology Center;
  •     Jill Lesser, Executive Director, Center for Copyright Information; and
  •     Gigi Sohn, President and CEO of digital rights advocacy group Public Knowledge.

The expert panel will be moderated by The LAMP’s co-founder, Dr. Katherine Fry, and will tackle challenging questions around how media can–and must–be part of the future of education. They will also call attention to the lack of awareness among educators and students about their rights under fair use, which allows the reuse and modification of copyrighted materials.

The launch of Media Breaker is intended to amplify The LAMP’s programming throughout New York City, teach youth, parents and educators how to have a healthy and critical relationship with all forms of media. As New York City’s only nonprofit transporting equipment and facilitators directly to communities in need of its services, The LAMP has brought media literacy training to over 2,500 youth, parents and educators. Media Breaker enables The LAMP to take its programming online, and to reach students nationwide. Teachers are witnessing engaged and energized students, who are enjoying learning as never before. As Future, a student at Harlem’s STEM Institute said, “It [The LAMP] made social studies more fun, and now I actually like having social studies homework.”

Founded in 2007, The LAMP envisions a world of critical and active participants, and seeks to educate and equip people to shape the media landscape through hands-on training. By transporting equipment and educators directly to schools, library branches and community centers, The LAMP is able to reach communities which otherwise have little or no access to media and technology education. For more information:

More information about the event:
Taking on the Take-Down Notice: Copyright, Youth and Educators in Harmony will be held at 4:00 pm at New York University School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall: 40 Washington Square South, Room 210, New York, NY. For tickets: This event is sponsored by the New York University School of Law's Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy and the Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network. In addition to event sponsors, The LAMP is sponsored by world-renowned corporations and foundations.

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