Copyright Conundrums

Every year it seems we address the same issues of Copyright.  My usual first response to the “Can I use it?” question is:  “If you don’t own it, you can’t use it without permission.”  We then begin exploring Creative Commons and Fair Use which only generates more grief.

For me it is pretty simple.  I own my publishing company.  I was a songwriter/recording artist for several years so it tends to become personal.  The money I missed because of illegal copying is small potatoes compared to that left unrealized in our current technology enabled world.

I recently came across this post from School Video News which provides some interesting resources that may help students understand and navigate the world of Copyright.  Most of the articles are by textbook author and video production guru Phil Harris.
Get your students off to the proper start for the year!

It seems that every year the “Copyright Monster” rears its ugly head

To have this information at your fingertips when you want it, we have compiled the following list of some of the articles that appear in School Video News. Feel free to download them, print them out using the button on the article and distribute them to your classes. There are more, but this should get you started.

How Does YouTube Get Away With It?

What Do Lemmings Get By Jumping Off the Cliff?

Movin’ On Up – Music in Sports

Movin on Up – Use of Music

Copyright Law: What you need to know

Copyright Permissions and LipDubs

Copyright Issues When Using Music in Videos

How Do I get Copyright Permission?

Warning: Your Video Contains Copyrighted Material

How to get Media Permissions for your Videos and Other Media

Illegal Sharing of Music Files-Who’s Getting Sued and Why

Media Permissions and Ethics: Essential Practices for Videographers

and many more in School Video News, your on-line resource for teachers of TV/Video and Film Production.

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Mixing for the Medium

A few years ago I was teaching a class in sound design.  A student brought in a mix of one of his favorite tunes that sounded like it was mixed inside a pulsating thunderstorm.

It reminded me of that car you hear coming down the street six blocks before it reaches you.  All you hear is boom, boom, boom. Continue reading

Cracking the Code

If you have a WordPress or any other blog site there will probably come a time when you will need to use some HTML code to make your site function more like a basic website.  You don’t have master code or even be particularly code savvy.  You will need to spend a little time deciding exactly what you want to do and be able to visualize the page. Continue reading

Write for the web

Becoming a master of style is just as important as collecting great content.  Print, broadcast and web all require great writing that is similar.  AP Style is still king.  Accuracy is a requirement and great grammar is imperative.

The least understood medium is the web.  We are still learning how people consume content and what type of content is most effective on which type of device whether it be a desktop computer, laptop, reader, iPad or smart phone.

Here are some helpful thoughts for developing your own skill as a web content creator.

Building Powerful Landing Pages

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When and Why to Use Twitter

Some time ago I found this post from David Pogue. His Twittering Tips for Beginners is  helpful in discovering what is possible using this very ubiquitous tool. Continue reading

Social Media Guidelines for Student Journalists

The Cronkite School encourages participants in its professional programs to make use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, which are valuable reporting tools and promotional and distribution channels for our content. To ensure the highest journalistic standards in these programs, participants must abide by the following standards for social media use drawn from The Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. Continue reading

Multimedia…the new literacy

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STEMM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math….. and Multimedia?

Need a quick explanation of ohms, watts, sound pressure levels and dynamic range? Who would you call? What if you want an explanation of lighting heat signatures and their importance?

Could you plot the area of a sphere covered by an electronic signal beamed from a distant moving source? Do you need to determine the amount of lumber required to construct a 30-foot cyclorama and cove curved horizontally and vertically so that light refracts rather than reflects? Continue reading

Global Achievement Gap-Seismic Shift

The current educational buzz surrounds the success in Finland. Jaana Palojarvi, Director for International Relations of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture credits a “culture of trust in education professionals” as being a key component. Continue reading

Global Achievement Gap-Call to Action

Minister of Education for the Kingdom of Bahrain, HE Dr. Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi outlines what must change. Continue reading

Global Achievement Gap-Attitudes and Myths

In order to even begin the discussion a few “educational myths” need to be exposed. Continue reading