10 Resources for Copyright and Royalty Free Media

Nov 4, 2011 by

A long time ago, in a pre-computer┬ámedia landscape when copying and pasting meant you actually got to play with scissors and glue, teachers and students created multimedia projects with little regard to copyright law. Images from magazines, corporate logos, and other media were used with reckless abandon to create visually and aurally pleasing projects. Before the dawn of the internet, these types of projects were hung in hallways, classrooms, and refrigerators with great care, and for the most part, didn’t cause much of a stir with copyright holders. However, with the proliferation of dozens of social media sharing websites, many educators’ lack of clear understanding of copyright law and fair use (at no fault of their own, it can get complicated), and the ability for all of these wonderful projects to go digital and posted to the web, the battles and issues with copyright holders can produce paralyzing anxiety...

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Copyright Without All the Legal Mumbo-Jumbo

Nov 6, 2009 by

I looked through my Diigo groups earlier in the week, just to see what I would find, and this site stuck out for me. It has to be by far one of the simplest, and easiest to decipher, websites I’ve ever seen addressing whether a published work is copyrighted or falls under the public domain. With it’s handy little red slider arrow, you can quickly ascertain whether a work that you’re studying, or would like to use in a digital media project, falls under any current copyright restrictions. That’s not to say the Digital Copyright Slider will help you determine how to go about using copyrighted materials for fair use exemptions, but rather it would serve as an excellent companion site to Tom Woodward’s website about copyright and fair use. As copyright laws have continually been amended, the most recent overall being the HUGE Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the...

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Harry Potter Lawsuit – You Be The Judge!

Apr 16, 2008 by

This morning on the way in to work I was listening to NPR and heard about the tragic story of Harry Potter superfan, Steven Jan Vander Ark, being sued for copyright infringement. Apparently, he’s publishing his popular online version of the Harry Potter Lexicon. The long and short of it is simple; J.K. Rowling LOVES the fan site, as it catalogs everything Harry Potter, and has even gone so far as to the use the lexicon site for her own research while writing the last few books. However, once the book was published, it became something of a copyright infringement beacuse there was money to be made. There have been other Harry Potter books published not authored by J.K., but they have contained so much commentary, speculation, and original material that they’ve fallen under fair use guidelines. Unfortunately, most of the text in Mr. Vander Ark’s book is actually...

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