Talk About Creative Commons

Let’s talk about Creative Commons.

For those of you looking for images to illustrate points in a paper, or populate a Powerpoint or Prezi or PDF, the internet has a wealth of images.  However, there are copyright restrictions placed on many images, and for a person doing research for scholarly publication this can be very confusing.

http://creativecommons.org/about

Creative Commons has licenses that allow copyright holders to make their work available to others, on conditions of the creator’s choice. So, if you are creating work, you can use one of several Creative Commons licenses, and if you are looking for images, music, blog posts that you can use in your own work, you want to look for items with a Creative Commons license.

 

This page explains the licenses.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/

An example of a creative commons type license you would find on an image.

 

This page allows you to search various giant databases that have Creative Commons licensed work.

http://search.creativecommons.org

Pay attention to the copyright notice attached to any image or work you find on the internet. Often people are ok with noncommercial use, as long as you attribute the creator. Remember to treat others and their intellectual property as you wish to be treated. Also, any of these licenses may be negotiated if you contact the creator of the work.

Welcome to the VRC

Welcome back to a new semester here at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. This semester’s focus will be images and how to find them, how to use images in presentations and papers, formatting images, how to finesse powerpoints, and prezis. We will also post beautiful pictures of architecture, public spaces, smart growth, and historic preservation, along with some not so beautiful pictures as well.

Keep in mind that here at the school, you have access to an archive of slides, many of which are already digitized, and many of which are copyright accessible. They were taken by a traveling student or faculty member and can be used by students for presentations and papers under the Fair Use portion of copyright law.

Other sources of images include the world wide web, and I will be explaining how to focus your search so you don’t end up with thousands of google images to sort through. In fact this website “How to Use Google Search More Effectively” will get you started with that. Lastly, the University has a subscription to various image databases, including Artstor, where I will be uploading archival materials from the School’s collection of architecture, planning and preservation images. Like this one, for example:

Portland Place, London

 

Or maybe you would like this one:

Burano, Italy; Pink House