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Week 10: Mashups and Copyright

October 25, 2011

This week’s focus on copyright peeked my interest.  Specifically the question of how I’m supposed to find good music, photos, etc. for my storytelling project when I’m just a student.  I know its doable and that I just need to do some internet trolling to find the right media, but it still gets my brain flowing.  So, I’ve posted the following link: Creative Commons.  This is a non-profit organization that helps artists license their media digitally.  I thought this would be a helpful link for us creative students, especially for this week.  This is their definition of creative commons:

“The idea of universal access to research, education, and culture is made possible by the Internet, but our legal and social systems don’t always allow that idea to be realized. Copyright was created long before the emergence of the Internet, and can make it hard to legally perform actions we take for granted on the network: copy, paste, edit source, and post to the Web. The default setting of copyright law requires all of these actions to have explicit permission, granted in advance, whether you’re an artist, teacher, scientist, librarian, policymaker, or just a regular user. To achieve the vision of universal access, someone needed to provide a free, public, and standardized infrastructure that creates a balance between the reality of the Internet and the reality of copyright laws.”

There is also an area on the website where you can search for works that are creative commons licensed and therefore free to re-use without much fear of retaliation.  There is a warning on the site, however, to make sure and double check that the work you choose to use is actually CC licensed.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2011 3:50 pm

    This is a really great site, I have been looking for music to use for our digital storytelling project through the blog The Public Domain, which lists The Creative Commons as a source, but never really looked at that site. When I visited The Creative Commons website I found the website OPSOUND located at which has tons of music available under a Creative Commons license, which I hope we are able to use for our project.

  2. October 25, 2011 6:16 pm

    I hadn’t even thought of this issue in relation to our storytelling project and I’m glad to get the reminder since I am planning to add some music to it. Thanks for this great resource.

  3. renemartini permalink
    October 27, 2011 12:03 am

    I wish there were more in-person conferences about this subject. I feel this is a fluid issue that it can change anyway depending how media is going.

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