Thursday, February 23

Class Starter:  Creative Commons – Royalty Free – Public Domain 


Creative Commons: a kind of copyright that makes it easy for people to copy, share, and build on someone’s creative work – as long as they give the creator credit for it

Royaltyfree:  The right to use copyright material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use or per volume sold, or some time period of use or sales.

public domain: creative work that’s not protected by copyright and is therefore free for one to use however one wants

Class Activity:  Check out Library of Congress & Incompetech697_234

The Library of Congress has an interesting history.

The Library of Congress was established by an act of Congress in 1800 when President John Adams signed a bill providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington. The legislation described a reference library for Congress only, containing “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress – and for putting up a suitable apartment for containing them therein…”  You can find more to read about the history, here.

Incompetech is  a website where you can download mp3 files that are FREE & royalty free, also!  What that means is that the creator of the music has released their work with a Creative Commons license.  Simply put, if you use media with a Creative Commons liscense, you are required to attribute the piece to it’s creator. 

For example, I downloaded Zanzibar.mp3 

Credit this piece by copying the following to your credits section:

Zanzibar Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License