Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Is that even LEGAL?

What Visual, Audio and Video Content Can I Use?


As tech-savvy teachers, we are integrating more multimedia work into our classrooms and online presences. To ensure that we are modeling best digital practices, it is essential to respect copyright laws and digital ownership by properly attributing the use of others' content.

HOWEVER, staying informed on what media is legal for use and publication can be pretty scary (see for yourself-- YIKES)! Who's got time to wade through THAT thing?!

To help make sense of what's okay to use and publish, check out this pretty informative chart.

The Library of Congress makes it more palatable in their classroom scenarios (scroll to classroom examples) and YouTube’s explanation is pretty good, too. This one was created for students- use it to brush up on the rules and pass it on! 

How Do I Attribute Properly When Borrowing Content?

To properly attribute a person's work (an image or video you want to use on your blog/website), be sure to properly cite the work. Here's a great guide.

How/Where Can I Find Useable Digital Content?

Creative Commons Search Engine: Lets you set parameters to return results from Flickr and stock images that you can use/build upon/publish. Be sure to see what the attribution expectations are.
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Screenshot from Creative Commons, Available under Public License, CC 4.0
Google Advanced Search: Scroll down to usage rights to return results that you can use/modify and publish. You may still need to verify that the images are useable, but it helps to narrow the field down!
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Screenshot from Google Advanced SearchDon't need permission/attribution for the screenshot above...

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