New for 2019 and Beyond: Copyright Law and the Public Domain

As of January 1, 2019, works published in 1923 – literature, movies, images – are now in the public domain. The public domain refers to works that are available to the public with no copyright restrictions; works published in 1922 and prior had already been in the public domain, and if copyright laws remain unchanged, each new year until 2073 will see a new batch of published works enter the public domain (next year, works from 1924; the year after that, works from 1925).

Are there any ways you might be able to use these new open materials in your courses? I teach music courses; alas, copyright for standalone sound recordings isn’t as straightforward, but I can freely distribute sheet music of these pieces or look at examples of music in film.

Resource: Creative Commons; ADEIL thank you!

Are you looking for media – images, video, etc – to incorporate with your courses? Try Creative Commons:
creativecommons.org

From their website: “Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world.” It’s not a search engine, but you can use it to search through things like Wikimedia Commons and various media repositories. Please note: they don’t guarantee that just because you found it through them, that you have the copyright permission to use it for your specific needs. However, you can generally look up information on the media that you find through Creative Commons and determine the copyright information from there.

Also, thanks so much to everyone who attended or assisted with ADEIL’s conference last week at Memorial Union in Madison! It was a great time to connect with colleagues from around the country and share ideas.

Instructor Media Examples

Our partners at UW Extension have put together a showcase of instructor media examples. From Instructor Welcomes to Course Guides to Lecturettes to Supporting Content, you can see what our peers have created with the Extension media teams to help generate some ideas on how you might incorporate media with your courses.
https://media.uwex.edu/faculty/faculty-showcase/

Do you have any other examples of using media in your courses? Let us know – we’d love to share your work!