Copyright and Creative Commons

During our Drop-In Days we were asked about copyright.  What can teachers use in the classroom without infringing copyright?  Where can we find images, sounds, video to embed in blogs, Blackboard, Moodle etc without recourse? What’s legal, what’s not?

Copyright is a minefield!  We recommend that you use the Smartcopying website, the official (MCEETYA) guide for Australian schools, to check out information sheets, resources and all things copyright. 

Creative Commons is a way of licensing works and resources that allows sharing, without the legal minefield of copyright. The website for Creative Commons states that it “is an international non-profit organisation that provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally.”  There are rules.  In its simplest form, if a resources is labelled CC, you must attribute it to the author.  This link gives an insight into the licensing arrangements.

Where can you find images, sounds, music available under the Creative Commons licensing? This paper describes sources and how to search within Google, Flickr and other sites for such resources.
Creative Commons Images and Sounds

Our favourite sites:
Flickrcc  for images
Freeplay Music for music of many different genres
Jamendo for even more variety in music