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Big news from Getty Images

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Getty Images’ new embed tool is huge news for those of us who look for great images to use in teaching, digital storytelling and presentation. Why huge? We’re talking 35 million photographs. Up until right now, over the course of years, some folks paid serious money for the use of this art.  Other folks have [...]

Google search by usage rights

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It just got a lot easier for students to find copyright-friendly content using Google Image Search. Here’s how: After entering a search term, click on Search Tools.  A pull-down menu appears offering a variety of options: not filtered by license, labeled for reuse, labeled for commercial reuse, labeled for reuse with modification, labeled for commercial [...]

CC 4.0 is here with more readable, more global, translated licenses

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In a BoingBoing post yesterday, Cory Doctorow shared Creative Commons’ release of its version 4.0 licenses. Released earlier this week, the new licenses are the result of a collaborative two-year process with ambitious goals. Cory summarizes the 4.0 improvements: They work in over 60 jurisdictions out of the box, without having to choose different versions depending on which country [...]

Media Breaker–for talking back (and teaching fair use)

Encouraging students to celebrate and use the rich portals of the ever-growing Creative Commons movement to find copyright-friendly media is an instructional no-brainer. Teaching students how and when to flex their fair use muscles–how to decide when their use of copyrighted media is truly transformative–is a greater challenge.  But it is a challenge we must [...]

Fair Use in Libraries: The Infographic

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Fair use is the broad, flexible doctrine that will allow libraries to meet mission in the digital age. A new embeddable infographic, developed by the Association of Research Libraries  and American University’s College of Law and School of Communication, with funding from the Mellon Foundation, illustrates how librarians navigate in a sea of copyrighted material, [...]

YouTube’s CC options for users and creators

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Somehow I missed this.  I’ve focused on sharing the wealth of Creative Commons image and music resources with my students, but missed the video piece. This past week, YouTube marked the first anniversary of its Creative Commons video library.  Over the year, YouTube has made more than 4 million royalty-free videos available to content creators, [...]

New code of practice for Academic and Research Libraries

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) recently released its own Code of Best Practice in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.  Supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the code: enhances the ability of librarians to rely on fair use by documenting the considered views of the library community about best [...]

Celebrating “The Power of Open”

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If you teach about Creative Commons, if you have students and teachers interested in creating new media, in remixing or mashing-up, you will want to download a copy of The Power of Open.  The pdf book is a kind of temperature check, more accurately a celebration, of the impact of  the global explosion of openness [...]

YouTube launches Copyright School

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YouTube recently posted a video and short quiz designed to help young people better understand use of intellectual property relating to reposting and remixing. In the video, young pirate Russell copies a music video on his cell phone and posts in on YouTube.  He is warned that he could loose his booty and get banned [...]

Join SIGMS for Copyright Clarity tomorrow night!

Tomorrow night, ISTE’s SIGMS presents a free webinar featuring my good friend Kristen Hokanson and Spiro Bolos.   If you are a librarian and you are not up to speed on issues relating to fair use, this is a must-attend event. The details (reprinted from Brenda Anderson’s announcement): When: Monday, March 14, 2011 at 8pm ET [...]