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Copyright in Space and David Bowie’s Dilemma

Space Oddity Chris Hadfield

On May 13, 2014, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield announced on Twitter that his version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity performed on the International Space Station would be taken down from YouTube after his one year term of permission was over:

Bowie's last day - we had permission for a year, so our Space Oddity video comes down today. One last look: …

This led to an outcry from the general public who viewed the video over 22 million times during the year it was available including appeals to David Bowie to keep the video up.

The irony here is that the publishers Fairwood Music International, not David Bowie, own the rights to give permission to his song. Bowie was publicly criticized by many when he was actually supportive of the video and encouraged the publishers to allow Hadfield to use it for free for one year. Other versions of the video are still available on YouTube through SkyNews and many others who downloaded a copy. Hadfield did his homework and planned for his video by contacting Bowie and seeking permission.

As we seek to use content in our courses and our scholarship it is important to remember to consider how copyright is involved in your choices and what steps you can take to either use an items that is publicly available, claim fair use, or seek permission. The Bethel Library Copyright Guide can help you become more informed of your options.

The continuing development of this case study promises many more interesting discussions about the roles copyright and fair use in our culture. It can be argued that Hadfield’s video increased the awareness of the original work considerably and also rekindled the public’s interest in the International Space Station.


New Search Tool Debut

The Bethel University Library is pleased to announce that beginning in June we will be upgrading our primary search tool.  After doing our own testing, we are excited about the improvements in ease of use and completeness of the results over our current tool.  If you’d like to try out the tool before its launch, look for the “Try the library’s new search tool” link on the library homepage!


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Primetime | For a Healthy Campus Climate

Christena Cleveland Campus Climate

Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist with a hopeful passion for overcoming cultural divisions in groups. Drawing from a vast body of research, she uncovers the underlying processes that affect relationships within and between groups and helps leaders understand how to promote an appreciation for diversity and build effective collaborations with diverse groups. She recently completed her first book Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart and shared about her research in campus climate on Thursday, May 1 in the Bethel University Library.

She shared the video, 33, which includes the stories and experiences of the 33 black students in the UCLA Law School student body of 1,100 and helped the audience discuss how it impacted them.

Watch the Video

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Sponsored by Intercultural Student Programs and Services, Reconciliation Studies & Friends of the BU Library