Category Archives: Copyright Resources

One of the most confusing parts of composing multimedia proects is the manner in which copyright and fair use impacts our creative process. This area of multimediacomposition.com links to resources that may help build a deeper understanding of our legal rights when working with copyrighted materials.

Please feel free to send me resources that you find on this subject, including court cases and general information.

How to Find Copyright-Flexible Music for Multimedia Presentations

This video provides one method for finding copyright flexible (Creative Commons) music via SoundCloud.

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Finding Copyright Flexible Images using Flickr

Need help finding copyright flexible images for a multimedia presentation? This video offers a step-by-step approach to finding media you can legally use via Flickr. Be sure to pay attention to the license type attached to each image and use … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to You Song Enters Public Domain

After more than 30 years, Warner/Chappell will have to find another way to make their $2,000,000 per year because a judge ruled, once and for all, that “Happy Birthday to You” belongs to all of us; it’s in the public domain. … Continue reading

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Copyright Cases Recently Covered by NPR

The Inevitable Future of 3-D Printing May Lead to Several Intellectual Property Suits. As 3-D Printing Becomes More Accessible, Copyright Questions Arise – February 19, 2013 The Beastie Boys Never Want Music to Appear in Ads. Beastie Boys Win A … Continue reading

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Embrace the Remix (TED by Kirby Ferguson)

Copyright and Remix are discussed in this TED talk by Kirby Ferguson. His premise is that all creativity is infinitely influenced by the works that came before our own. He gives examples that will stick with you after you view … Continue reading

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Acquiring Licenses to Use Popular Music

Many students, unless they are musicians or performers, may have little experience with or knowledge of the types of licenses that need to be obtained to play, perform, or use popular music multimodal compositions. These links will help lend a … Continue reading

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Find Public Domain Images via the U.S. Archives

If you’re a blogger, educator, or student who is interested in using public domain images to avoid copyright infringement, you may find this link useful. The U.S. archives has thousands of copyright-free images catalogued on Flickr. Below is an image … Continue reading

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New Digital Millenium Copyright Exceptions for Educators

Thanks to @ReneeHobbs and @dcoopermoore for keeping us abreast of the new copyright and fair use laws for new media educators. Follow this link to David Cooper-Moore’s Blog. Follow this link to access Section 1201: Rulemaking from the U.S. Copyright … Continue reading

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Find Creative Commons Images through Flickr and Google Images’ Advanced Search

Did you know that both Google Images and Flickr have advanced search functions that allow you to find Creative Commons licensed images and download them in various sizes? The video below shows you how to access CC media on Flickr. … Continue reading

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Creative Commons Music

Have you heard of SoundCloud? It’s a website that has music creation and sharing tools for artists and fully supports Creative Commons licensing. That means you can do a search for “Creative Commons” and locate tracks to accompany your multimedia … Continue reading

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How the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Impacts Teachers

This article begs the question, once again: Should the public expect leniency from copyright holders? Or should the public, including educators, have a greater understanding of copyright laws in order to make sure they are using copyrighted works fairly? In … Continue reading

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Here’s a list of “fair use” situations for documentary films

This page provides four categories in which fair use applies to the making of documentary films.  Each category includes examples of fair use under each category. Category examples listed in the linked article include “Employing Copyrighted Material as the Object … Continue reading

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Writers need to think about Copyright Law, even in single-mode texts

How copyright applies to writers: Want to use song lyrics in your creative essay or story that you plan to publish? Chances are that you’ll be violating copyright if you don’t clear it with the copyright holder. Citing the lyrics … Continue reading

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Beastie Boys Sampling Lawsuit from May 2012

http://www.forbes.com/sites/oliverherzfeld/2012/05/22/the-beastie-boys-sampling-and-copyright-law/ Forbes article on Copyright law that addresses the Beastie Boys’ legal trouble over sampling. Published in May 2012.

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RIP: A Remix Manifesto – Documentary on Copyright

http://vimeo.com/8040182 This is an awesome video with the premise that “culture always builds on the past.” If you’re interested in Copyright, you’ll want to watch this.  

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