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Media Resources

Media Resources for Projects
What is Copyright?
Copyright Basics from the US Copyright Office - http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf
 
What is Fair Use?
The Copyright Law of the United States says:
§ 107 . Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—
(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
 
What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that works to promote the sharing of knowledge and creative works. They have set up a standardized set of copyright licenses, which makes it easy for people to know what elements they may use, and in which contexts. When people post a Creative Commons notation to their work, students will know they can use it without violating copyright laws.
 
Creative Commons logos
 
 
Creative Commons chart from http://spnn.org/node/6974
 
 
 
RESOURCES FOR IMAGES

Public Domain and Free Use Images
Although these websites provide "free use" images, remember that district policy is to always credit the source - even if it's not required by the original author.
 
Attribution Images
These images may be used for educational purposes, as long as you give credit to the creator. Some authors/creators require a link to their website, but a minimum requirement is a notation along the lines of "Copyright (c) author's-name".
 
 
 
 
RESOURCES FOR AUDIO FILES
 
Public Domain and Free Use Audio
Although these websites provide links to music and audio files in the public domain, remember that district policy is to always credit the source - even if it's not required by the original author.
 
Attribution Audio
These songs and audio files may be used for educational purposes, as long as you give credit to the creator. Some musicians/creators require a link to their website, but a minimum requirement is a notation of the artist's name and website.
 
 
RESOURCES FOR VIDEO FILES
 
Public Domain and Free Use Video
Although these websites provide links to video files in the public domain, remember that district policy is to always credit the source - even if it's not required by the original author.
 
Attribution Video
These video files may be used for educational purposes, as long as you give credit to the creator. Some artists/creators require a link to their website, but a minimum requirement is a notation of the artist's name and website.