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cheyenne_h on 02/26/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #38: Wishing You A Happy Fair Use Week with Ellen Duranceau

"Transmitters-5" by Adam Bowie. 2011. CC BY-NC-SA via flickr.

Happy Fair Use Week 2015! WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring a special episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts, for this occasion. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Ellen Duranceau, a librarian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and copyright/fair use expert. We talk about the four elements of fair use, how to determine if your use is fair, and talk about other issues around the edges of copyright, music, technology, and more. For more info, try fairuseweek.org, the Fair Use Week tumblr, or check out this Fair Use cheat sheet

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen here: 

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cheyenne_h on 02/24/2015 at 11:00AM

It's Fair Use Week 2015!

We know copyright is in need of some, ahem, reforms. But did you know that there's some wiggle room built in to the US Copyright Statute? This Thursday's Radio Free Culture will have a whole show dedicated to it. But until then, you might want to check out some of the resources, musings, and more related to fair use! The official definition of Fair Use is as follows: 

Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair.

  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work

But that's not very exciting, is it? Here are some ways that it's generally safe to use things that are still under copyright:

  1. Criticism and comment -- for example, quoting or excerpting a work in a review or criticism for purposes of illustration or comment.
  2. News reporting -- for example, summarizing an address or article, with brief quotations, in a news report.
  3. Research and scholarship -- for example, quoting a short passage in a scholarly, scientific, or technical work for illustration or clarification of the author's observations.
  4. Nonprofit educational uses -- for example, photocopying of limited portions of written works by teachers for classroom use.
  5. Parody -- that is, a work that ridicules another, usually well-known, work by imitating it in a comic way.

Here are some examples of Fair Use in action! 


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cheyenne_h on 02/19/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #37: Playing in the Public Domain with Nicky Case

image courtesy of Nicky Case, from the Coming Out Simulator

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Nicky Case, a game developer who has chosen to license everything under CC0, a 'public domain' license available via Creative Commons. We talked about recent work, including the Coming Out Simulator, the Parable of the Polygons, the Public Domain Jam, and more! 

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen right here: 

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cheyenne_h on 02/12/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #36: Adam Green's Guide to the Public Domain Treasure Trove

image via Rijksmuseum.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Adam Green, one of the main curators at the Public Domain Review, a site that brings attention to hidden gems lurking in the giant digital collections of museums, archives, and libraries the world over. We talk about the site's history and legacy, some of Adam's favorite things on his site, and some pointers on  how to search the web's archives for your own public domain jewels, too. 

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen here: 

 

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cheyenne_h on 02/10/2015 at 10:00AM

CC Webinar for Educators

Hi FMA'ers of the teacherly persuasion!

If you are a teacher, a student, or parent, you might have some questions about how to use Creative Commons works in your lesson plans or class projects. Have no fear! Jane Park and Cheyenne Hohman will guide you through the basics of using CC-licensed work in an educational context. We'll also have time for Q&A after. 

The webinar will be broadcast live on the web, via our YouTube Channel, on Wednesday, February 11th at 3 p.m. EST. 

Special guest and Creative Commons expert and School of Open manager Jane Park will be co-hosting with Cheyenne. We'll show you around the Free Music Archive (including where to find license information), run through the basics of Creative Commons licenses and how to use CC tracks in various multimedia projects, and show you how you can license your work under Creative Commons (spoiler: it's easy!). 

Check it out:

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cheyenne_h on 02/05/2015 at 08:45AM

Radio Free Culture #35: Sharing is Better With Simon Panrucker

photo courtesy of Simon Panrucker.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Simon Panrucker, a composer and musician, about the music he makes for Cartoon Network and the music he makes for himself: Moons, Mr Frisby's Beat Pocket, and his self-titled work. 

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen here: 

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cheyenne_h on 01/30/2015 at 10:10PM

Prizes for the microSong Challenge Winners!

So, you want to win the microSong Challenge, eh? 

Cool. 

Here's what you could win: 

FIRST PRIZE!

A 3-D printer from printrbot! You can make a tiny version of whatever you want! 

SECOND PRIZE!

A bunch of swag from Creative Commons! They'll put together a pack of things they think you'll like. 

THIRD PRIZE! 

A bunch of swag from WFMU! We'll put together a pack of things we think you'll like. 

 

Good luck, microSongsters! 

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cheyenne_h on 01/29/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #34: Six Years Inside the Computer & Video Game Archive with David Carter

image courtesy of CVGA/David Carter. via flickr.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with David Carter, a librarian at the Computer & Video Game Archive at the University of Michigan. David talks about the origin and history of the archive, some of the highlights of their collection, how it's used, and gives some sage advice for those of us who used to blow into Nintendo cartridges

Check out the podcast on WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes.

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cheyenne_h on 01/22/2015 at 10:33AM

Nab Your Fifteen Seconds of Fame!

CC BY-SA via http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Soviet_stamp_1968_50_let_oktjabr_kulturnoj_revoluzii_4k.JPG

At the Free Music Archive, our waveforms come in all shapes and sizes – and we like it that way. We know you're using a lot of our music in your short & feature-length films... but what about the super-short ones you're cranking out? In this age of six-second videos, microblog entries and trending videos of miniature Asian cuisine, we find we’re struggling to keep up when it comes to the musical small stuff. So, for the next few weeks, we’ll be taking entries for the Free Music Archive’s first ever microSong Challenge

Get your tiny instruments together (or oversized ones, or ones that are juuuust right), grab a recording device, and add your itty bitty masterpiece(s) to our collection! Every microSong will be licensed under a Creative Commons Zero license so that it can be freely used by anyone in a video, remix, extraordinarily brief performance art piece, or whatever else they may choose.

So, do you have a few seconds? Help us come up short! Songs can't exceed fifteen (15) seconds in length!

The Challenge begins on January 26th & runs through February 20th. 

SUBMIT YOUR MICROSONG HERE! (login to FMA & click the "Submit" button at the top of the page)

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cheyenne_h on 01/21/2015 at 05:53PM

Radio Free Culture #33: Into the Deep Web with Alex Winter

"Transmitters-5" by Adam Bowie. 2011. CC BY-NC-SA via flickr.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Alex Winter, director of "Downloaded" and the upcoming documentary, "Deep Web." (And known to some as Bill S. Preston, Esquire.) This week's episode discusses online privacy, the ongoing Silk Road trial, and some of his motivations for telling the stories of the strange and diverse characters behind the digital upheavals taking place all around us. 

More information about Deep Web can be found at its website, DeepWebtheMovie.com

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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