514 Copyright Trends and Finding Media Gems

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Thursday, November 17

Video & Media


Intellectual property law affects every stage of the development and delivery process. Unfortunately, it’s daunting—and, even worse, often deadly boring. As a result, your decision making about what media resources you can actually use might be rooted in ignorance, fear, or frustration, none of which contributes to your project goals. As a result, it’s not uncommon to struggle with how to use free media to enhance your projects while also avoiding accidentally infringing on someone else’s work or exposing yourself to unpleasant legal action.

In this session, you’ll learn about copyright essentials through a surprisingly entertaining and easy-to-understand snapshot of the law and recent cases. Learn how to protect your own work and apply legal concepts, such as the fair use doctrine, to everyday scenarios and become more confident in finding sites that offer public domain, Creative Commons, and open access licensed works. Building this stronger understanding of how you can and can’t legally use media in your work will help you become more productive and focused as you maximize your financial and creative resources.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About copyright law and fair-use basics
  • Which recent court cases are interesting, relevant, and important
  • How to protect your work and avoid being sued
  • How to find awesome online media you can use
  • About Creative Commons licenses and which are most accommodating
  • How to correctly attribute media you use

Novice and intermediate designers, developers, project managers, managers, and directors.

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

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Barbara Waxer

Copyright & Media Educator

Seattle Film Institute

Barbara Waxer is a copyright and media educator, author, and trainer who teaches at the Seattle Film Institute and Santa Fe Community College. She has authored over two dozen textbooks and online products on copyright, finding and using media, writing for the web, and Adobe and Microsoft software. Her book, Internet Surf and Turf Revealed: The Essential Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Finding Media, won the TEXTY Textbook Excellence Award and the New England Book Show Award. Barbara thrives when developing best practices for users and creators of digital content.

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