Copyright? Relax! Devour Free and Creative Commons Media

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DevLearn 2018 Conference & Expo - October 25, 2018

Barbara Waxer

Copyright & Media Educator
Seattle Film Institute

The cost of copyright confusion can affect every stage of the development and delivery process. Copyright law can be intimidating, even though its intent is to encourage creativity. Break down the walls that prevent you or your organization from using fabulous free resources because you aren’t sure whether your use will infringe someone else’s rights. Make fair use your friend. Access thousands of free photos, videos, music, and motion graphics.

In this session, you’ll learn about copyright essentials through an entertaining and easy-to-understand snapshot of the law. You’ll discover how to find and use free media properly; how to protect your own work; and how to apply best practices in fair use. You’ll also learn more about where to find free multimedia you can safely use in your projects thanks to public domain, Creative Commons, and open access–licensed works.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About copyright law and fair-use basics
  • How to find and use free online media
  • About Creative Commons licenses and which are most accommodating
  • How to protect your work and avoid being sued


Designers, developers, managers, and senior leaders (directors, VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Technology discussed in this session:

API for Creative Commons licenses and plugins for proper attribution of work.


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