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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 [...]

A very handy CC poster

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We’ve been relatively successful in spreading the gospel of using of Creative Commons and public domain work in student products.  Our Copyright Friendly LibGuide is one of the most used of all of our Guides. I recently added this handy infographic Creative Commons: free photos for bloggers by Foter to our resources and hope to [...]

School of Open opens

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School of Open Project Showcase from Creative Commons on Vimeo. As teacher librarians, we need to be aware of major shifts in the intellectual property arena. We need to be experts on the exciting developments in the culture of openness.  And we need to prepare classroom teachers and digital age learners for similar understandings of [...]

New Creative Commons license chooser

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If your kiddos are creating and publishing digital content at the rate mine are, you likely want to lead them to select a CC license to apply to those digital stories and posters and music videos and works of art. Just as it’s important to teach about the value of using Creative Commons materials, we [...]

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, [...]

Our own Creative Commons

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Right before the end of school we launched a new creative space. The transformation of our reference area to a making space was funded by a very generous gift from a family in our community. This little video gives you a flavor of the change. The Altman family wanted the space to be accessible to [...]

Unglue.it: crowdfunding ebooks

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unglue (v. t.) 2. To make a digital book free to read and use, worldwide. unglue (v. t.) 4. For an author or publisher, to accept a fixed amount of money from the public for its unlimited use of an ebook. The crowdfunding of books is a new type of cause and it may allow [...]

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 [...]