Archive for the ‘Copyright’ Category

Find out where that image came from?

Friday, May 1st, 2015


I often recommend Flkr as a location for free Creative Commons images.  Unfortunately, just because the person uploading the image has listed it as Creative Commons always doesn’t mean that it is.  Sometimes they are re-posting an image they have found elsewhere.  It’s usually fairly easy to tell if an album is a collection of favourite downloaded images, as opposed to the ‘best of’ snaps from a holiday.   But sometimes it’s not so clear.  If you are planning to use any downloaded images outside the password protected university environment then you should bookmark Tineye.

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.

TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. It is free to use for non-commercial searching.

TinEye regularly crawls the web for new images, and we also accept contributions of complete online image collections. To date, TinEye has indexed 11,015,187,850 images from the web to help you find what you’re looking for.

For tablet and smart phone users there is an Android version of Tineye in Beta testing.  For and a iPad/iPhone users there is an app called Veracity

Test your musical copyright skills

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Pop quiz: Which of these artists needs a copyright lawyer?

The history of pop music is littered with accusations of artists ripping each other off, with the recent copyright ruling against Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams over their track Blurred Lines just the latest example. Listen to the songs below and rate how similar you think they are.

music copyright

Microsoft clip art being replaced by Bing

Friday, December 5th, 2014

“Microsoft has just announced that it’s killing off the last trace of clip art in its Office products, instead pointing users in need of imagery toward Bing Image Search. Why? Because most people are just getting their images online anyway.”

“The Bing image search built into Office is essentially the same one that’s built into its standard search engine, just with Creative Commons filters switched on by default to allow for commercial use.”

It doesn’t look like you have an option to add other search engines like Google .  If you want to find Creative Commons images using Google you have to change the usage rights in the Advance settings.

google search image

There’s some instructions here,

Copyright and Ownership in Higher Education

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

This is an interesting article dealing with a range of copyright and ownership  issues.

The recent drive towards commercial MOOCs, the re-examination of Open Educational Resources (OER) and the progressive leaking of class based resources into the online environment has cast a new light on ownership.  This article is based on the U.S experience but still worth a read.

Monash people wanting more info on Copyright and ownership  can have a look at our Copyright site.  Here’s a snippet.

Academics own their research and theses, unless assigned or licensed to another party. Monash owns:

  • course materials
  • all materials produced by general staff
  • a work where intellectual property owned by the university has been utilised
  • multimedia items
  • computer programs created in association with a patentable invention
  • films or sound recordings produced with specific Monash funding or facilities

Here’s some info on copyright and teaching which all lecturers should read.

How to get free stuff – Creative Commons Copyright, Oz style

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Forget your Disneys and Time Warners and their lockdown mentality – what if like minded people across the globe could share their resources freely (but still get some recogition for it), wouldn’t that be fantastic. 

Well that’s what Creative Commons licences are all about.


MCEETYA has produced an excellent resource designed for Teachers – it was designed for schools and the VET sector but is still equally applicable to our practice in HE.

This is essential reading for lecturers (full stop – no argument permitted).

(MCEETYA – Australian Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs.)

Fair use of audio no longer applies to YouTube?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Warner Music Group appears intent on wiping every clip from YouTube that uses part of their catalogue.  Unfortunately, the automated software Google uses, removes any occurence, regardless of any ‘Fair use’ allowances.

If you’re looking for music for a video that you may want to put on YouTube, you could try somewhere like the Podsafe Music Network.  Not copyright hassles and you could helping the next Pink (for older readers – imagine if Edith Piaf brought her street personality onto the stage and dressed like a risque Carmen Miranda).