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  • drdianehamilton 4:41 am on June 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Clip art, , Creative Commons, Free Clipart, Graphics,   

    Use of Media and Copyright Issues in Online Courses 


    Some students like to present papers with a bit of pizzazz. Many may add pictures or charts they have found on the Internet.  Unfortunately many of the things they try to incorporate into their work may create a copyright violation.  The good news is that there are sites where students can find media to share that is not protected.

    The Creative Commons site is a good place to go to find content. According to their site, “If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day.”

    Some famous sites like Google, Flickr, and Wikipedia use Creative Commons to access media. Wikipedia’s Public Domain Image Resources page also provides some great links to media that is not copyright-protected.  This site provides general as well as government resources.

    Some students incorporate images they have found using the insert clipart function in Word. According to the Microsoft site, “The Clip Art and Media gallery provides a compilation of artwork. See the use terms for the description of permitted uses. If those terms do not meet your needs, our Clip Art partners at Office Online provide a variety of images you can license directly. Sample Art may be used for personal use only. You may not sell, lease, or distribute Sample Art, or any materials you create that use Sample images, for any commercial purposes.”

    If students submit a Word document that has clip art obtained from Word, they may have questions about how to cite it in APA.  According to Owl Purdue’s site it is, “unnecessary to provide citation on a document presented via the Microsoft program for stock images that a specific to that software package.”

    It may be difficult to find free clip art simply by searching for it on Google. Many sites that come up offer some free clip art that is usually not that great.  The better clip art usually requires a fee.  I am often contacted by people about the clipart used for my online education blog.  I have used a couple of sources that charge a fee, including Shutterstock and iStockPhoto.  The really good pictures like these usually require a fee.

    When students insert pictures that are copyright protected, professors should explain this to them.  There are many students who assume they can copy and paste just about anything from the Internet into their assignments. Students may benefit from reading:  How to Avoid Copyright Infringement and Copyright Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images.

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  • drdianehamilton 6:50 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adobe Photoshop, Dorian Gray Syndrome, , Graphics, Grazia, , , Photo manipulation,   

    Photoshop Creating a Reverse Dorian Gray Syndrome: Our Pictures Don’t Age But We Do 

    A recent Photoshopped picture of Duchess Catherine aka Kate Middleton caught my attention.  For some reason, the folks at Grazia decided that Kate’s already extraordinarily tiny waste wasn’t quite tiny enough, so they Photoshopped it to unnatural and humanly unattainable dimensions.

    Photoshop has been used to make people look better in their pictures than they may look in real life.  This process has created what can be considered a reverse Dorian Gray Syndrome.  For those of you unfamiliar with Dorian Gray, it is a story by Oliver Wilde where a young man was so obsessed with remaining youthful that he was willing to sell his soul for it.  The deal he makes ensures that a portrait created of him would age but he would not. 

    Today’s photographers commonly Photoshop our pictures to make us look better.  The photo used on this site has had some work done to it.  In fact, we are so used to seeing Photoshopped pictures that when we see the actual person in real life, it can be a letdown. 

    Is Photoshop making us have unrealistic expectations of what we should look like?  Many people see these pictures and believe that Middleton’s12-inch waste is possible.  How much Photoshopping is too much?  Are we a reverse Dorian Gray society where we show up looking old and weathered while our picture remains perfect?  It’s not just Hollywood or rag magazines doing this.  I have known a  lot of people who have posted less than accurate pictures of themselves on dating sites.   This eventually has to catch up with us.  I imagine there has been a few surprised customers who eagerly awaited to see their date, only to find that they don’t quite get what they expected.

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