Rights & Ethics

As members of York University's community, we are accountable to the university's code of conduct as well as a number of overlapping and intersecting systems of ethical protocols. Depending on the kind of work that you take up, you may also be required to identify and contact rights holders to seek consent and permission to incorporate third party content or other intellectual property into your final work. Here are some resources and tools for addressing questions and issues around filming in public, respecting third party privacy, citation of media, incorporation of creative commons material, research ethics, and managing copyright. 

Digital Citizenship

Considerations when using video in class assignments

Part of the SmART Lab suite of instructional tools and resources, this page provides practical advice and strategies around filming in public, contributing to a safe and respectful online environment, filming copyrighted material, and determining if and when you require your participants to sign a media release.

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WITNESS: Video Advocacy Curriculum

The WITNESS Video Advocacy curriculum contains 7 modules and 37 individual sessions which cover both advocacy strategy and hands-on video production. Though originally designed for an eight to ten-day training, we encourage you to explore the sessions that interest you, download the materials and tailor the curriculum for your individual use.

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Trauma-Informed Approaches

When approaching sensitive subject matter or working in community, approaching media projects with a trauma-informed and consent-based practices can reduce the risk that your work will replicate harm or trigger a trauma response. Depending on the communities you are working with, you may have additional protocols that you need to integrate into your work. Here are some resources around trauma-informed practices that focus on the creation and use of audiovisual material.

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