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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 [...]

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 [...]

History for Music Lovers on YouTube

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An article in the Washington Post yesterday turned me on to an amazing creative effort developed by a couple of teachers in Hawaii. History for Music Lovers on YouTube is song parody and remix at its most useful.  And you are going to want to share it with your history, and many of your other [...]

New from Creative Commons: Public Domain Mark

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This week Creative Commons launched a new tool designed to improve public discovery of and access to content in the public domain.  The new Public Domain Mark allows users to publicly identify and mark works they determine to be free of copyright restrictions. Imagine it.  Someday it could be far more easy to determine whether [...]

Library of Congress Rules YouTube Remixes are Legal!

In addition to declaring it legal for iPhone users to jailbreak their mobile devices, earlier this week, on July 26th, the United States Copyright Office also ruled that it is NOT a violation of  Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for remixers to use copyrighted video excerpts from DVDs for the purpose of criticism or comment. [...]