Copyright Savvy: Public Domain and Creative Commons Images

In continuing our education on copyright, I thought I’d share this great chart¬†of Google Images alternatives, created by Richard Byrne over at Free Technology forTeachers. When using images in their work, it is always preferable that students use images that are either in the public domain (meaning that their copyright has run out), or images with a Creative Commons license (which allows them to be used for free under certain conditions). Continue reading

Copyright Savvy: How to Find Music and Sound Effects You’re Legally Allowed to Use

This summer, I learned all about copyright law as it pertains to education. One of the major lesson that I took home from the course is that music copyright is especially complex. While attribution will suffice when borrowing small amounts of text or pictures, it’s not enough when borrowing music. Any clip of copyrighted¬†music over 3 seconds must have permission and payment to the rights holder (usually the record company), which means that for education purposes, copyrighted music is not an option. Continue reading