More and more people want to create their own videos, edit and publish them online. Most people are non-technical and would struggle to use any descent video-editing software tool. Also, their video editing requirements are low as they only need to mix and trim some videos and maybe add some titles to them. On top of that, they are not willing to pay any expensive license to buy video-editing software. So what is the answer to their question? I suggest they try the YouTube video editor.
I recently contributed to work of a learned colleague at Kings College London to produce materials for staff outlining copyright good practice for staff, researchers and students. The materials are now available as e copies here.
There have been a number of thought provoking pieces in the press and on blogs recently around common intellectual property (IP) violations, which appear to be becoming endemic online. See here and here for some really interesting blog posts and here and here for a couple of articles raising the issue in The Guardian.
This is becoming quite a hot topic, and I just submitted a piece for a journal on the subject. I see it as an essential digital literacy and a key part of Digital Professionalism. There is some really useful information on Creative Commons Licenses here and naturally, Jisc have created a useful resource on Copyright and IP law too. Ian Calder (a recently escaped to Aberdeen, eLearning Technology and Moodle Guru) and I produced the infographic shown, specifically for staff at King’s College London. The article I have written for publication will include a generic version of this King’s specific material, but in the mean time, there is some useful material in this illustration below on resources that may be of use to academics and students who would like to use material such as photographs, illustrations and music to embellish their work and are not sure of how to source it. Many of the resources listed here are accessible to those outside Kings College London. If you work at a university, chances are, you will also have access to an internal library of resources and they will also have an NLA license to use material for teaching too.
Bernadette A. John
Digital Professionalism Lead
Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning