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Wikimedia Commons 31 Sites with Free Music for Videos As you’ll have seen from the Creative Commons license type descriptions, there are a number of licenses only available for non-commercial use. So how do you know whether your project is commercial or non-commercial? Creative Commons’ own definition of commercial use is as follows: “…in any manner that is primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or private monetary compensation.” Their guidelines on what constitutes non-commercial state that the following users are non-commercial: “(a) an Individual (b) a Nonprofit educational institution/library, (c) a Nonprofit organization as defined under US or equivalent law [1], (d) A commercial copy shop, ISP, search engine, content aggregator, blog aggregator site or similar service provider who, in the course of providing a service at the direction of the allowable NC user, may exercise a right licensed under the Creative Commons license.” BUT …it’s not always as simple as that.

Creative Commons Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license. Here are some recently added bits and pieces: Attribution License » 38903761 photos (See more) Attribution-NoDerivs License » 10450763 photos (See more) Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License » 48374300 photos (See more) Attribution-NonCommercial License » 26545435 photos (See more) Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License » 59041488 photos (See more) Attribution-ShareAlike License » 22816458 photos (See more) Public Domain Dedication (CC0) » 1663450 photos (See more) Public Domain Mark » 4203633 photos (See more) "Creative Commons is a non-profit that offers an alternative to full copyright." creativecommons.org Briefly... Attribution means: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work - and derivative works based upon it - but only if they give you credit. Add a Creative Commons license to your photostream.

untitled Fame, Fortune, Fun, Freedom… Why Do You Want to Start a Successful Blog? Note: members of the original Start a Blog that Matters course may log in here. Right now, discover the exact strategies used to start some of the biggest and most celebrated blogs on the web. New special pricing! Get started now, 2 weeks free » Hundreds of millions of blogs are online today. What’s the difference between most blogs and the select few that attract huge followings? That’s a question I started asking myself long before I started my first blog. I’ve also seen plenty of bloggers work incredibly hard on something that never takes off. By studying these differences and through the work I’ve been doing for the past four years, I’ve developed a repeatable formula for building successful blogs. This formula is what I used to create blogs that attract hundreds of thousands of visitors per month (including Think Traffic and Expert Enough). I would love to also help you start a blog that matters. Meet Your Instructor

Pixabay - Free Images A Collection of Free Media Resources This post attempts to list my top favorite free sites for royalty-free images, music, and videos for creative projects. Since 2000 I have been teaching university students how to design for print, the web, and the screen. One of the very first things we go over is that it’s always best to use your OWN original photos, drawings, music, and videos that you created yourself. Of course, when you need something really specific (say a close up photo of a lion’s mouth or the rings of Saturn) you can’t always get what you need on your own without also putting yourself in grave danger. Space helmet anyone? No need to get mauled by a lion trying to take that close-up That’s where royalty-free and public domain goodies come in! The list below is not at all an exhaustive one, but it will get you started right away with some of my very favorite sites tried and tested by myself and my students over the years with much success.

mental_floss Blog HTML5 and the future of the Web There's been a lot of talk lately about the future of the Web. For instance, Wired had a cover story a couple months back proclaiming "The Web is Dead." And when I was at BlogWorld last month in Vegas, one of the main topics was how blogs are going to survive "In a world, where browsers are no longer..." If anything is going to save the browser and the Web, it's going to be HTML5, and other improvements to the current HTML. HTML5, which is coming to a browser near you very soon, has tags for animation, video and all sorts of cool interactive components that will blow your mind. The idea here is that you can help make the video by entering in your childhood snail mail address (or any other address you'd like). Who knows what the future of the Web holds.

What Playground Politics Can Teach You About Search Engine Optimization Do you remember the cool kid at school? Let’s call him Chad. Everyone looks up to Chad. They hang on his every word. We all want to be friends with Chad, don’t we? Does any of this sound familiar? There is no way that Chad is going to let you hang out with him unless you act like he would like. If Google is going to endorse your site by putting it high up in its rankings, it’s going to want to make sure that your site is worthy of such an honour. First of all, your content has to be relevant. Chad doesn’t like someone who tries too hard. Any site that is caught trying to artificially mould their content in order to get ahead in the rankings is frowned upon by Google. Chad won’t hang out with you unless you look the part. Website design is becoming more important in Google’s eyes. So get ahead of the curve. Google likes your siteYour visitors like your site Seems pretty sensible, right? Chad won’t want to want to hang out with you unless you are socializing with all the right people.

15 of the Best Open Source Image Sites on the Web Recently, a teacher we know put together a concise and effective PowerPoint presentation which was well received. The only thing was that when the students inquired where the photos came from, the teacher said he searched for them using Google. The students replied, “You mean you stole them!” Some of the images still prominently displayed the watermark from iStock Photo. It looks like open source image sites weren’t a consideration here! Trust me, you don’t want to be in this position, especially if you are trying to teach the 21st Century Fluencies of Global Digital Citizenship. The lines have become foggy as the Internet blurs the lines of fair use copyright issues. Resources for Copyright: Google So let’s address the giant in the room: Google. When you pull up Google’s main page, you’ll see at the top left something that resembles this: Click “Images.” Go to the bottom right which shows Privacy, Terms, and Settings. It’s that simple! Creative Commons Pixabay MorgueFile Unsplash Freepixels

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