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Steal This Preso (K12Online09) Now Live!

Friday, December 18th, 2009

My presentation for this year’s K12Online Conference, Steal This Preso: Copyrights, Fair Use, and Pirates in the Classroom!, is now live and viewable below.  I’ve also included links to my favorite royalty free media sites and additional resources below.

The Presentation

BlipTV direct link to download video file
use this to download to your iPod or if DotSub is blocked in your district

BlipTV audio file
use this if you want only the audio portion of the presentation (not as fun)

Additional Information

Barely Legal Radio Program (available as podcast)
I’ve learned tons about copyrights and fair use from listening to Joe Escalante’s show.  It’s entertaining as well as educational.   I’ve recommended this before and it’s never caught on with other educators but if you are really interested in this topic, do check it out.

Public Domain Slider
Helps you identify if a work is in the public domain.  Very cool.  However, note that most work is not in the public domain.

Code of Best Practices in Media Literacy Education
I found this thanks to Joyce Valenza’s K12 Online presentation.  It supports what I’m saying and expands upon it.

Lawrence Lessig’s Book, Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy
There are ways that current copyright law has not kept up with digital technologies.  Lawrence Lessig explores this in his book.  I recorded a section of this preso in which I talked about this but ultimately deleted for time and clarity.

Additional Relevant Information from my blog

Royalty Free Resources

Please see these posts:

Royalty Free Images, Movies, and Music Part I

Royalty Free Images Part 2

K12 Online Conference Starts Today

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The K12Online Conference has started today with its opening keynote by Kim Cofino.

The K12 Conference is entirely free and online.  You don’t need to register to “attend” and once presentations go live they are available forever.  You can never “miss” a presentation because you can always go back and see them.

Teachers attend the conference all around the world.  Unfortunately, since the conference is free, there’s no money for publicity and in many districts including my own, K12Online remains a big secret. Particularly when money to attend conferences is scarce, a free conference seems awfully appealing.  If you’re not involved in the blogosphere, trust me when I saw that some of the great minds in educational technology are presenting here for free.

Check it out, you have nothing to lose. My own presentation, Steal This Preso:  Copyrights, Fair Use, and Pirates in the Classroom! goes live on the very last day of the conference.

Here’s a downloadable flyer to share.  View this year’s presentations here and check out the upcoming schedule (as each presentation comes online, the link to the presentation will become active).

K12 Online Conference: Steal This Preso! Trailer

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

If you’ve never heard of the K12 Online Conference, all you need to know is that it’s a free online conference with presentations from some of the greatest minds in educational technology (they’ve also asked me to present).  All presentations are accessible from the web site.  You can even see presentations from previous years.  You can download and watch the presentations at your leisure Did I mention that it’s free?

Last year, I presented Film School for Video Podcasters, a short film on how to create better classroom movies.  This year, I present Steal This Preso! Copyrights, Fair Use, and Pirates in the Classroom.

I hope to deal with several common misconceptions about copyrights as they relate to classroom multimedia projects.

The presentation goes live next month.  In the meantime, please see the trailer:


Copyright for Teachers: Persistent Myths

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Disclaimer:  I am not a lawyer nor do I play one on TV.  My thinking has been shaped by a number of sources, mostly notably the Barely Legal Radio Podcast.

Our Rights

Fair Use allows us to use portions of copyrighted work for educational purposes in our classrooms.  I’m of the belief that you can interpret copyright laws extremely liberally if the work you’re creating starts and ends within your classroom walls and is for academic purposes.  The problem is very little of the good work starts and ends within your classroom walls.  As soon as you put your work on the internet you’re creating copies of copyrighted work and redistributing.  As soon as you invite an audience you may be causing a public performance.

Myth #1:  It’s Not A Copyright Infringement If We Don’t Charge For It?

Scenario:  A school wants to put on an established play (e.g. Annie) and not pay royalties.

Facts (as I see them):  Many schools believe that if they put on a performance for free or solicit donations instead of charging a fee that obsolves them of any copyright responsibility.  Unfortunately, this is not so.

Playwrights and play publishers make money through royalties including royalties paid by schools and educational institutions.  It would be okay to do a scene from Annie as part of an acting class (there’s no audience and you’re using it for academic purposes) but to put on the musical and perform it for an audience requires a fee to be paid to the publisher.

Not charging a fee reduces the amount of damages to the publishing company but there are statutory damages (damages designed to punish you for breaking the law) that have to paid if you are caught.

Publishing companies do take into account the amount of money you are making from the performance of the show when they calculate royalty payments.  A free show costs less in terms of royalties than a paid show.

Myth #2:  I Can Use 30 Seconds and Its Not Breaking the Law

Scenario:  A teacher wants to use 30 seconds of copyrighted music in a podcast and believes that it’s okay to use just 30 seconds freely.

Facts (as I see them):  The 30 second rule is bunk.

Can you imagine a judge counting to thirty to determine whether a particular use of music violates the law?  Just 5 seconds of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition might be too much where 30 seconds of some other song may not even make a dent.  It’s about how and why you’re using the music that makes a difference.

Generally using copyrighted music as a soundtrack to a movie is illegal without permission.  The only way you can legally use the music if you are somehow making a comment on the song.  Its far better to use royalty free music in your podcast projects.

Please leave your comments and questions.

Update:  Links

Fair Use Is Your Friend

Fair Use and Education

Royalty Free Images Part 2

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Here’s a followup to my earlier list of royalty free images.

Additions by Janice Stearns…creative commons licensed…all require attribution:

Long list from Terry Roberts


Free Image Database

NASA Images

Royalty Free Clip Art

Additional royalty free image list  by Larry Ferlazzo

and royalty free music/sound effects list by Larry Ferlazzo

And my original list of favorites is still here.