Copyright and Creative Commons

The SmartCopying website is a fantastic resource for all copyright queries. They have put together several information sheets on Creative Commons, which I highly recommend.

9 places to find Creative Commons & Public Domain images

AMCOS/APRA – important information about the sharing use of music in schools for educational purposes. (detailed information from the Music Copyright for Schools publication)

An animated clip about proper citation and why it’s cool.

A quick guide to creative commons (PDF poster).

Behold – a search engine for Creative Commons

Choose a Creative Commons licence – simple way to decide which licence to use.

Cite Bite – link directly to quotes in websites

Digital Literacy and Citizenship – ideas for teaching and learning

Free digital citizenship posters

Images and Attribution – a guide.

Is it original? An editor’s guide to identifying plagiarism

Nothing Beats the Real Thing (formerly Copyright or Copywrong) – an  multimodal online resource for  investigating aspects of copyright and film and TV piracy in Australian secondary classrooms.

Plag Tracker – a service that students can use to check their essays for possible plagiarism.

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons – a very useful, easy to understand outline from EduBlogs.

The popular citation generation tool EasyBib recently released a free iPhone and iPad application. Probably the neatest aspect of the EasyBib app is that users can scan a book or magazine ISBN barcode to record the information necessary to create a proper citation.  Users can add citations on the app and email those citations to themselves from the app. Just as if you were using the EasyBib website to create properly formatted citations, the app will generate MLA format citations for free.

The photo sharing website Flickr and now also YouTube have adopted Creative Commons licensing. However, it’s really important to remember that Creative Commons is an “opt in” on these sites – not all files will fall under the licensing and even those that are CC-licensed have some restrictions, which are legally enforceable. Creative Commons is a powerful tool though, and very useful for educators to know about.

Using Digital Content Repositories – some tips to actively help manage copyright costs and assist teachers in complying with copyright when using content repositories.


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