It has been wonderful to see some of you incorporate visuals into your blog posts, particularly when they help add context, meaning or describe something. I thought it might be good to share some tips on how to source visual and other materials, and how to respect the ownership rights of those materials. I asked Alan for some suggestions, because he teaches a course called DS106 which is a well-spring of creativity and includes some wonderful examples of reuse and remix of existing materials. (DO check it out!) He suggested the Creative Common’s site as a primary reference. Creative Common is a place where you can learn about different alternatives to traditional copyright. I’d suggest EVERYONE take a look at this site. When it comes time to make your video’s at the end of the course, you will a) have the choice about what kind of license to put on your work (for example, everything on my blog is a Creative Commons Share Alike License. (b) If you use materials other than things you and your team have created, you have a choice about how you acknowledge the ownership of that material. One strategy is to mine the wealth of Creative Commons licensed materials and SKIP all together things with a copyright. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read the Creative Common’s site.
Here are Alan’s other recommendations:
This NZ video is good
I did a Mozilla Lesson plan on “ImageSeeking for Fantastic Visual Metaphors”; there’s a video there that while kid oriented, makes a decent case for CC (though I wish the messages were not wrapped in threats of breaking laws)
I keep a list of sources of open licensed media
By the way, the image I used here is my own. You can use it with a reference back to me!