Tag Archives: Creative Commons

Royalty Free Getty Images

35 Million Getty Image – Can you use them?

By now you may have heard that Getty Images are making 35 million images available, for free, for you to use, without fear of being sued.

So, how is that going to work then? As with all images (or text) you will obviously have to provide correct attribution to the owner / source / copyright holder, and this is done for you by Getty Images as part of the ‘embedded viewer’. When you find the image you want through the royalty free image search you can use the ‘embed’ option.

The key here, from the Getty Images terms of use (embedded viewer), is the the availability of the images and that Getty reserve the right to remove the image without notice. You will also have to then retrospectively check your uses and make sure you remove them … but if you’ve used the embedded viewer, surely this would just show a blank or empty placeholder on your blog?

“Where enabled, you may embed Getty Images Content on a website, blog or social media platform using the embedded viewer (the “Embedded Viewer”). Not all Getty Images Content will be available for embedded use, and availability may change without notice.”

Here’s an example of an embedded image:

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App Swap Breakfast

Build your own ‘App Swap Breakfast’ event #AppSwap #AppSwapLeic

This morning I saw an innocent tweet from my pal David Walker (@drdjwalker) about the concept of an ‘App Swap Breakfast’. Needless to say it got me thinking …

App Swap Breakfast

It’s quite simple – friends, colleagues, interested individuals, etc. meet at a set time & place and showcase their favourite App of the moment.

So, here’s a call for Leicester friends and interested individuals – do you want to set one up and try it out? Shall we try and engage this on a frequent basis … every month, and if so where? There’s plenty of space.

As per Fiona MacNeill’s insightful post ‘DIY: Build your own App Swap Breakfast Event‘ you will need:

  • A group of people with devices
  • Session leaders (learning technologists / librarians / teachers / student advisers / mentors / etc.)
  • A space/s for sessions to be held
  • Common interests (teaching / learning / scholarship / institutional / subject / revision / reference / entertainment / etc.)
  • Branding
  • Catering
  • A data projector
  • A wall or screen on which to project
  • Resource lists
  • QR Codes
  • Audience Feedback

The concept / idea put forward by Fiona MacNeill, from an idea on LifeHacker website, the AppSwap idea has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License meaning anyone can share and redistribute the materials, and adapt, remix, or transform / build upon them but with appropriate credit is given and that any new work is also provided under a Creative Commons license.

Anyone interested is trying to get a Leicester App Swap Breakfast working? If you are interested (or have a particular reason why not) then please reply below or tweet with the hashtag #AppSwapLeic. If there’s enough interest perhaps we can try it out?

Year in Review / 2013

Year in Review / 2013

Welcome to a final few thoughts on and about 2013: what did I do, what did I read, what did I achieve, what did I miss, what did I not do … you get the picture. Well …

  • After thinking, planning, and talking about it for nearly two years I finally got round to planning, writing, and publishing my eBook on QR Codes in Education. (May 2013).
  • Several years in the making I finally completed my CMALT portfolio and submitted it and gained my CMALT accreditation (November 2013).
  • In October I re-read my QR Codes in Education eBook and realised it would read better with a different structure to the contents and I took the opportunity to make it available as a printed book too (November 2013). Working with the CreateSpace website I restructured the materials, redesigned the cover and worked on the 2nd edition of the book (also updating the eBook too to match).
  • Worked closely with colleagues in Leicester on aspects of mobile learning, online marking and feedback, support, course reconfiguration, and roles & responsibilities.
  • Presented a brown bag lunch seminar on “Improving the Student Experience Through Blackboard in the College of Social Science”
  • I am proud to have helped launch the East Midlands Learning Technology SIG including Twitter, blog, LinkedIn group, Google+ group, etc.

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Turnitin iPad App

Turnitin & GradeMark App

Turnitin iPad AppTurnitin (iPad): Many have asked about an iPad App for Turnitin, and we have waited a while for it. But now it’s here, let’s see if it’s any good!

“Everything you love about grading with Turnitin® is now available on iPad, allowing educators to Grade Anywhere™. Teachers using Turnitin’s grading tools save time grading student papers while offering more meaningful feedback and ensuring their originality.”

Turnitin (free): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/turnitin/id657602524

The App offers the same functionality we use and enjoy through a browser but in an App-environment. It does take a while to get used to, especially the subtlety when including and adding QuickMarks or comments to the text.

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Creative Commons

Creative Commons Infographic: Licenses Explained

Do you use images or photos? Do you check with the owner before saving or copying or using? Are you using Creative Commons (CC) images and think that it’s all OK because the image labelled as CC therefore you’ve done all your supposed to?

Do you in fact understand what Creative Commons is? If in doubt, before you go any further, watch this video: Creative Commons Explained.

Right, so you understand CC now? Then you’ll also be needing this Infographic: “Creative Commons: free photos for bloggers“:

Creative Commons
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A photo or image placed under a Creative Commons license enables you, the ‘borrower’ to copy, distribute, and display the work providing the photo or image is correctly attributed to the owner. Every CC license applies worldwide, is non-revocable, is not exclusive, and lasts for the duration of the works copyright.

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Everything is a Remix

This film of ‘Everything is a Remix’, part 4 in the series, covers various aspects of intellectual property, copyright, originality, ownership, etc. the film is introduced as:

“Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail.”

It starts a little slow (and off-topic) but bear with it as it all comes together and you’ll see the importance of the first few minutes.

Everything is a Remix Part 4 from Kirby Ferguson.

What I like about it is;

  • Evolution is “copy, transform, combine” … and so are Memes (ideas, behaviours, skills) that “copy, transform, combine” = Social Evolution (00:50)
  • Although not mentioning Creative Commons in as many words, the ideas behind it are covered throughout the whole film when dealing with ideas, intellectual property, and demonstrations on ideas being a commodity. (02:00)
  • “When we copy, we justify. When others copy, we vilify!” – using examples of Disney and Steve Jobs to demonstrate they both use others work and pass it off as their own, and are happy to do so, but “go thermonuclear war” on those who copy them. (03:40)
  • “The belief in intellectual property has grown so dominant it’s pushed the original intent of copyright and patent out of the public consciousness. But that original purpose is still right there in plain sight.” (10:25)
  • “We live in an age with daunting problems: we the best ideas possible, we need them now, we need them to spread fast. The ‘common good’ is a meme that was overwhelmed by intellectual property. It needs to spread again. If the meme prospers our laws, our norms, our society, they all transform. That’s Social Evolution, and it’s not up to governments, corporations, or lawyers.  It’s up to us.” (11:10)

It is worth watching the previous 3 episodes too, as they demonstrate that, deliberate or not, very little we know is as original as we think it is. It is also fair to say that I am quite disappointed that much of what I loved about some films and songs for their ‘originality’ is just rubbish, and they’re a re-hash of someone else’s work.

Creative Commons explained (video)

Here is a great explanation of the different ‘attribution’ or license elements of Creative Commons:

“Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world. Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.”

(Nod to @jamesclay for showing this on his blog first)

Presentation: “Creative Commons: What every Educator needs to know”

From my observations of some student presentations I invigilated recently I know there are clearly issues with students knowing and understanding what is legal and what is not when you use and re-use content or images you find on the Internet.

Many of us already know about Creative Commons content and how it works, but I found this presentation, with audio slidecast, that I have also made available to staff and students alike, in the vain hope it’ll make a difference. It is well worth listening to the 20 minute slidecast that accompanies this presentation, it brings the static pages to life.

If you want some background on what Creative Commons is, please see my previous post and video on “What is creative Commons?“.

Creative Commons: What every Educator needs to know. View more webinars from Rodd Lucier.


WordPress Plugin #4: Creative Commons Licence

Note: In this series I’ll delve into some of the better plugins available for WordPress that I am already using, or about to start using. I’m aiming to highlight 30 of the better plugins.

Much has been written recently about people having their work ripped off, word for word. It’s happened to me once or twice, and there is little bloggers can do about it. Dave Colman (@davecoleman146) had this happen as well, and wrote about it on his blog “SharePointEduTech“, and the comments were well made and sympathetic to his plight.

But what can you or I do about protecting our blog content, our intellectual property? I’ve already mentioned the copy-protect service called Tynt, in the post “What’s being copied from your blog?“.

Well, here’s another little thing you can add to your blog. It won’t stop it happening but it will give a visual identity to your awareness of the facts, and that you are covering yourself for any future action you want to take. The plugin is called “Creative Commons Configurator” and you go through a process of selecting the type of licence you want to use, and how you want it displayed.

You can add the text to the HTML meta tags too, all part of the plugin.

have you been the victim of someone copying your content (and they even use the links to your images too)? How did you deal with them and handle the situation?

Video: What is Creative Commons?

Educational short video from Creative Commons (CC) explaining what the CC license is all about. This video provides a great summary of CC, and why it’s relevant for both educators and students.