These days, you, your educator colleagues, and particularly your students are probably creating reports, portfolios, presentations, or other works that need to incorporate multiple media "objects" such as music, voice, video, images, and more. So you need to be able to direct them to sources for these kinds of content, and also help them use the content appropriately and legally.
In her Searcher article "Generosity and Copyright—Creative Commons and Creative Commons Search Tools," Laura Gordon-Murnane covers a lot of territory. She gives a "Quick Overview of Copyright Law: 1790-2005." She explains and gives hers and others' opinions about the state of copyright law today. And she poses operative questions such as, "Can you help [students, patrons, users] find materials in the public domain that they can copy, re-mix, sample, share, display, and distribute in a final report, a presentation, a blog, a podcast, or a Web site posting?" and, for that matter, copyrighted but still easily usable materials. She answers those questions in her discussion of The Creative Commons, the main focus of her article.
From the article: The Creative Commons Foundation's goal:
… is to build a reasonable copyright that encourages authors, filmmakers, photographers and/or musicians to allow others to use their works by opting out of the onerous and burdensome requirements of existing copyright law. It seeks to create a system that promotes "balance, compromise, and moderation" with respect to copyrights and to "offer creators a best-of-both-worlds way to protect their works while encouraging certain uses of them…" Think of it this way. "Share what you want, keep what you want." Their vision moves away from the restrictive "All rights Reserved/No Right Reserved" realities of current copyright law to a middle ground—"Some Rights Reserved."
In The Creative Commons, Gordon-Murnane asserts:
…librarians now have a useful tool they can use to help identify content that patrons might want to use in a podcast, a mash-up, a collage, a video contribution to a blog, a document, a presentation, or whatever.
Intriguing. And useful. Click HERE
to read from the July/August 2005 issue of Information Today, Inc.'s Searcher magazine!