April 21, 2009 at 8:00 am Comments (0)
The Free Music Archive offers really free music, and it was picked by people! Via Paul Lamere’s Music Machinery blog, which I found via Teresa Nielsen Hayden’s Particles.
The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. The Free Music Archive is being directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.
Every mp3 you discover on The Free Music Archive is pre-cleared for certain types of uses that would otherwise be prohibited by outdated copyright law. Are you a podcaster looking for pod-safe audio? A radio or video producer searching for instrumental bed music that won’t put your audience to sleep? A remix artist looking for pre-cleared samples? Or are you simply looking for some new sounds to add to your next playlist? The Free Music Archive is a resource for all that and more, and unlike other websites, all of the audio has been hand-picked by established audio curators.
I’ve listened to some samples – good stuff! Some of this will find its way into our podcasts, I’m thinking.
March 18, 2009 at 8:20 am Comments (0)
Today I’m showing some ECE students how to find and use free photos on their edublogs. Here’s a nice airplane from János at flickr.com to illustrate!
Before I do that, I want to make sure everyone knows how to find images that are licensed for reuse. The Creative Commons license allows that, as long as you provide attribution – i.e., you have to give credit to the photographer. This video from the Creative Commons site makes it easy to learn how to search for CC-licensed images using the Firefox browser.
Watched the video? Know how to make sure your images are licensed for putting in your blog? Let’s go:
Among my favorite sources for this is flickr, with tons of images under the CC license from professional and amateur photographers around the world.
I’ve posted more stock image sources here and here and here at DV for Teachers. Have fun!
Need some guidance regarding copyright and online video? It was a topic of concern to many at NECC this year.
At American University’s Center for Social Media, take a look at their Online Video Resources guide to Fair Use and Online Video. The site goes deeply into the issues, and makes a solid resource for teachers and higher ed faculty looking for help with this thorny and evolving issue.
From NCSU’s Bethany Smith, via Twitter. Thanks, Bethany!
July 10, 2008 at 9:45 am Comments (0)
November 19, 2007 at 6:31 pm Comments (0)
A very useful article on copyright in the classroom from Inside Higher Ed. The guidelines are not clear, but this goes far to help clarify the murk.
There are few circumstances in which itâ€™s legal to copy a DVD and screen it in its entirety to an audience without paying royalties. One of them is in the classroom.
That exception and others make up a patchwork of laws and rulings on the use of media for educational purposes that some professors have attempted to navigate but many others ignore altogether. What constitutes â€œfair useâ€ in classes that rely on films, television shows and assorted media clips? In some ways, itâ€™s still an open question. Copyright law and court precedent set the limits, but within those limits, colleges, scholars, studios and lawyers have struggled to define when exactly itâ€™s permissible to use artistic works in the classroom and in studentsâ€™ assignments.
One scholarly group, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, seeks to clarify the boundaries with a new set of best-practices guidelines for fair use. Its creators hope that it will give professors a tool for interpreting existing law as well as provide a unified set of standards to eliminate confusion between instructors and college administrations.
Much more information in the complete article, and a valuable discussion after.
November 28, 2006 at 10:05 am Comments (0)
It’s small, but it’s a change. From today’s Quick Takes at Inside Higher Ed:
The Library of Congress on Monday published new copyright rules that give colleges slightly more leeway on the use of certain video materials in class, but some college librarians fear that the changes do not go far enough. The rules are part of a process in which the Librarian of Congress periodically considers exemptions from the general ban on altering without permission technology designed to block unauthorized use of videos or computer programs. The exemption created Monday applies to portions of videos that are held in college libraries and are used in classes by media studies or film studies professors. The regulations are complicated, and college copyright experts said Monday that they were still reviewing them. Pamela Snelson, college librarian at Franklin & Marshall College and president of the Association of College and Research Libraries, said that based on a first analysis, she was pleased to see the exemption added because â€œanything that adds to our availability is good.â€ She also said it was important for copyright officials to see that â€œwe need this material to teach.â€ But she worried that the exemption was â€œtoo narrow,â€ and asked why professors in disciplines beyond film and media studies shouldnâ€™t have the same flexibility for their courses.
A copy of the official announcement is here. This is a good step, and it means they’re paying some attention to our needs. We need to increase the pressure to allow our instructors and our students more leeway in using these works for educational and indeed artistic purposes.
May 23, 2006 at 8:04 am Comments (0)
The Creative COW newsletter linked to a discussion thread about copyright and fair use issues in a graduation video. No definitive answers, but if you’re producing a video like this, especially for sale, it’s important to be aware of the law’s requirements and the risks you may run for not following it.
January 12, 2006 at 9:21 am Comments (0)
Copyright Mythbusters: Believe It or Not, Fair Use Exists. Copyfight: the politics of IP
One of the more frustrating things about debating copyright issues is that copyright mythology sounds a lot more like the truth than the truth. For instance, many people believe that copyright law gives the copyright holder absolute, immutable control over a work, lasting into perpetuity. The truth—that copyright has built-in limits to protect free speech, scholarship, research, and innovation (the “progress of science and useful arts”)—sounds like a lie. Surely all of that stuff is just bleeding-heart liberal, mushy-minded nonsense?
Oh, well, actually—no. Fair use exists, and for very good reasons.
Teachers and all of education depend on fair use in the classroom. Understand your rights to use the works of others as you write, make video, use photography, and be aware of the moneyed interests who would create tighter and tighter control over what you can do with the words and images and video and music you read, see and hear every day.
December 31, 2005 at 7:47 am Comments (0)
Looking for music to use on a Christmas podcast, slideshow, or video without worrying about copyright? Here’s a link for you. Uwe Hermann’s 10 + 100 Creative Commons Christmas Songs:
So, it’s Christmas today (or it will be tomorrow, depending on where you live). Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a bunch of freely and legally available Christmas songs you could listen to all day? Burn on CDs and hand over to your relatives? Share with your friends without the fear of being sued to death by big record labels?
Well, here’s a list of 110 128 songs which are all explicitly released under a Creative Commons license (no, I did not consider songs which are merely “podsafe”!) and thus can be shared, listened to, and sometimes even modified freely. There’s a great variety in style, mood, and genre of the songs: some traditional, some contemporary, some happy, some sad, and some just plain funny.