Public Domain Review

screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-12-12-24-pmI like to visit the Public Domain Review, an online resource for public domain content, especially historical imagery that inspires my own remix projects.

…curated collections of images, books, audio and film, shining a light on curiosities and wonders from a wide range of online archives. With a leaning toward the surprising, the strange, and the beautiful, we hope to provide an ever-growing cabinet of curiosities for the digital age

So much great stuff to look at here, including the recent release of the Met Museum’s collection of hi rez images:

Public Domain / Resource Images
Collections of films, audio, images and texts which are no longer protected by copyright. Trawling through the Internet Archive, Wikimedia Commons and other such sites, we bring you a continuously growing and curated slice of what the public domain has to offer. Most material featured is in the public domain worldwide but the rights status of some works (particular films) may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, so do check before reusing.
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Is Copying Theft?

For our continuing discussion of copyright + open source culture:

ALSO VIEW University of Minnesota Guidelines on Copyright:

Understanding Fair Use:
Fair use is an important part of copyright law that provides some flexibility for users and new creators. At its core, fair use ensures that there are some kinds of uses that do not require permission or payment. But there are no easy rules for fair use – if you want to take advantage of its flexibility, you have to understand its complexities!

Read more about these Four Statutory Factors
1. Purpose and Character of the Use
2. Nature of the Original Work
3. Amount and Substantiality of the Portion Used
4. Effect of the Use on the Potential Market For or Value Of the Source Work

and The “Fifth Factor” – Transformative Use

Creative Commons > THE POWER OF OPEN

Open creative commons

The world has experienced an explosion of openness. From individual

artists opening their creations for input from others, to governments

requiring publicly funded works be available to the public, both the spirit

and practice of sharing is gaining momentum and producing results.

Creative Commons began providing licenses for the open sharing of

content only a decade ago. Now more than 400 million CC-licensed works

are available on the Internet, from music and photos, to research !ndings

and entire college courses. Creative Commons created the legal and

technical infrastructure that allows e”ective sharing of knowledge, art and

data by individuals, organizations and governments. More importantly,

millions of creators took advantage of that infrastructure to share work

that enriches the global commons for all humanity.

Wikimedia Blackout

Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge
For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.