Copyright or Copywrong?: The Quick and Dirty Guide to Getting It Right

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2016 - March 17, 2016

Naomi Pariseault

Instructional Designer
Brown University

How often are you faced with the dilemma and the questions: “Can I use this?” or “Where can I find images, video, music, and audio I can actually use without violating copyright?” With so many media assets, such as images, video, and audio readily available online, it can be a headache to figure out what you can use for a project and what is restricted by copyright. How can you ensure you are working within the legal guidelines, but still get the job done?

In this session, you’ll take a high-level overview of copyright and intellectual property and focus on the practical application of finding works you can use. With a primary emphasis on usability rather than the restrictive nature of copyright, you will be empowered to find high quality, legally compliant resources. You’ll walk away with resources, including a decision-making flow chart, and websites that have already approved the use of their content.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The differences between copyright as it applies to non-profit and commercial entities
  • When you can re-use something found online and when additional permission is needed
  • What Creative Commons licensing is and why it’s important to you
  • How to find Creative Commons-licensed works
  • How to properly provide attribution when using a Creative Commons-licensed work
  • About websites and resources that provide open access and public domain works available for free use

Novice and intermediate designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Open Attribute plugin.


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