If you are looking for Creative Commons music, images, sound or video, try the Media Commons Free Media Resources (http://mediacommons.psu.edu/freemedia). It includes links to a variety of sources offering material via a Creative Commons, public domain or “non-commercial use” license.
This video does a good job at explaining why we should share what we’re doing and then explains the next step. A Creative Commons license lets you share your work the way you want it to be shared: free for all, no remixing, non-commercial use only, requiring others to share their remixed versions of your work, etc… Good stuff — and the video itself is an interesting demonstration of remixed media.
In the midst of putting together some resources for an Online Issues Forum presentation, I thought it would be interesting to discuss the elements of a Creative Commons license, so people would have a better idea of what the symbols mean and what they can do with those resources. This page on the Creative Commons site is called “Meet the Licenses” and explains each of the combination of license provisions. For example, the little person means that you need to give credit to the person who created the orginal media. The dollar sign crossed out means that the media can only be used for noncommercial purposes. So is an educational institution noncommercial? I found out that the noncommercial provision is being studied now and new guidelines will be released in 2009. The old draft guidelines say that nonprofit educational institutions fall within noncommercial use. However, if you modify the content and keep it behind a password, you may be violating other provisions, such as the “share alike” requirement (that’s the little circular arrow icon.
What can you do if you want to include a photograph in a project or presentation? The American Society of Picture Professionals has created some guidelines that could help you find and contact a photographer who took an image that you would like to use. Also, the online photo sharing service, Flickr, has an advance search which lets you search for images that have a Creative Commons license. A Creative Commons license may permit you to use an image taken by someone else with some restrictions. For example, the photographer may limit their images so they can only be used for non-commercial purposes. In most cases, that includes student projects.
At the 2008 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium, Lawrence Lessig (law professor, author, and founder of Creative Commons) came to Penn State to give his keynote presentation. He talked for about 45 minutes about current interpretation of copyright law, organizations like the RIAA and MPAA, examples of remixed media, and alternative licenses.
In the third video in this series, Zack talks about how the RIAA lawsuit got him involved with people who are examining the strict interpretation of copyright law, share-friendly licensing (like Creative Commons and open source licensing), remix culture, how digital natives use media. This video was found as part of the Berkman Center blog at Harvard Law.