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.
- See more at: http://publicdomainreview.org/the-collections/#sthash.2vtZbtkb.dpuf
Yancey Strickler, Co-Founder of Kickstarter
Lawrence Lessig, Co-Founder of Creative Commons
Ciel Hunter, Creative Director of Creators Project
Julia Kaganskiy, Editor of Creators Project
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
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.
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.
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Here is a video that explains why the Code for Fair Use in Online Video got created, and how the Code can help you create online videos that employ fair use of copyrighted material:
What is Fair Use?
Fair Use Cases
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open for discussion... !
full movie is viewable for free on the internet