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CUNY Copyright Information:

(C)opyright @ CUNY -

Copyright & Fair Use News Blog -


Creative Commons:

Fair Use:

  • Mattel v. Walking Mountain Productions, 353 F. 3d 792 , United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2003.
    - Mattel sued artist Tom Forsythe for use of the Barbie doll image in his work. The court ruled in favor of the artist's use of the image as parody/fair use and Mattel was ordered to pay his attorney's fees.
  • Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center - The "emphasis is on copyright issues especially relevant to the education and library community, including examples of fair use and policies. Useful copyright charts and tools are continually added to help users evaluate copyright status and best practices."


Where to go for images:

  • STOCK.XCHNG: A FREE stock photo site (details here)

Where to go for videos:

  • (can do a search limited to CC-licensed videos here:
  • ClearBits - Free and legal torrents can be found here.
  • Critical Commons - Media studies video sharing site; from a non-profit advocacy coalition that supports the use of media for teaching, learning and creativity, providing resources, fair use information and tools for scholars, students, educators and creators.
  • Internet Archive's Moving Image Archive
  • Looking for a clip of a classic scene from a movie you've mentioned? This site has over 12,000 legal clips from Hollywood films, searchable by actor, title, genre, occasion, action, mood, character, theme, setting, prop, and even dialogue. An impressive job tagging all this content!
  • TED Talks 18-minute video lectures from nonprofit TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences.

Where to go for general CC media and text sources:

  • Connexions - Source for open textbooks, presentations, and other educational content; from Rice University.

Past events/webinars/lectures:

  • Panel(s): “Copyright & Fair Use @ CUNY” took place at BMCC on April 8, 2011. Speakers: Peter Jaszi, Brandon Butler, Rhonda Johnson, and Jim Lengel. Co-sponsored by Office of Library Services and Library Association of CUNY. []
  • Lecture: Evan Hill-Ries - An Introduction to Copyright - ISOC-NY1811 Evan Hill-Ries - An Introduction to Copyright at Evan Korth's Computers & Society speaker series at Courant Institute NYU on Oct 20 2010. []
  • Webinar: Creative Commons Licensing and Open Educational Resources (OER) - free; Weds. 24 Mar. 2010 (3:00 - 4:00 EST); @ONE Project/California Community Colleges
  • Webinar: Copyright for Today's Academic World (Copyright Clearance Center, CCC)[[Image:]ageCode=au4] - free; 25 Feb. 2010 & 07 Apr. 2010 (2:00 EST) [consider who's giving this webinar; note: they warn you at the end that the content in this copyright tutorial CANNOT be shared]
  • Wireside Chat with Lawrence Lessig - free; 25 Feb. 2010 6:00—7:30pm ET - lecture with Q&A [good one - he's a great speaker]

Future Events/Webinars:

  • CopyNight - CopyNight is a monthly social gathering of people interested in restoring balance in copyright law. We meet over drinks once a month in many cities to discuss new developments and build social ties between artists, engineers, filmmakers, academics, lawyers, and many others. NYC CopyNight are generally held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 pm (Various locations);
  • Open Access Week 2010 events:

Workshop outline:

  • What is copyright? 
  • What is fair use? 
  • What is Creative Commons? 
  • What are the different CC licenses?
  • CC searching
  • Wikimedia Commons
  • CC in Flickr (do a handout)
  • Stock photo sites
  • Video (Vimeo, YouTube)

Hands on searching

Give a task: find some pictures for your blog post from this AM

Any Questions?

  • Go ahead and post them here. 

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