Finding Copyright-compliant Media Resources

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DevLearn 2015 Conference & Expo - October 1, 2015

Barbara Waxer

Copyright & Media Educator
Seattle Film Institute

Intellectual property law affects every stage of the development process. Yet, it is daunting and complex. Trying to gain a working knowledge can be overwhelming. As a result, decision making is rooted in ignorance, fear, or frustration, none of which contributes to project goals. The continuing struggle to quickly develop content may lead you to infringe on someone else’s work, expose your work to an unpleasant legal action, or miss out on using free media to enhance your projects.

In this session, you will learn about copyright essentials through an entertaining snapshot of the law and recent cases. Learn how to apply legal concepts such as the fair use doctrine to everyday scenarios. You’ll become more confident finding sites that offer public domain, Creative Commons, and open access–licensed works. Developing an applied understanding of copyright law and learning how to find media you can use will help you become more productive and focused as you maximize your financial and creative resources.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Copyright and fair use basics
  • Which recent court cases are interesting and important
  • How to find online media you can use
  • About Creative Commons licenses and which are most accommodating
  • How to correctly attribute media you use

Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
API for Creative Commons licenses and plugins for proper attribution of work.


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