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Omeka: Copyright, Fair Use & Permission

Tips, tutorials, and recommendations for using Omeka to publish online multimedia exhibits, digital heritage and research projects.

Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.

They provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.

Sample Creative Commons Search: Creative Commons Search on Gran Vía with a reuse/adapt license provides numerous images that may be able to be reused with attribution in an Omeka exhibit.  

Helpful Search Tools and Archives

Finding Media for Digital Projects

Project authors are responsible for acquiring rights and permissions for all multimedia materials published with their exhibitions. All work uploaded must be free of copyright infringement and properly released by the student for use as part of this project, and if required, must provide signed consent forms from all participants.

Release of Course Materials for Public Availability & Faculty Use of Student Work

Students have an option to opt out of publishing their work publicly if they so choose, or may publish their work using an alias (pseudonym).  Additionally, the professor and library faculty will curate the exhibit at the end of the term (and continually). This means that the final appearance of assignments on the student exhibition site is subject to approval by the professor and that individual items or entire exhibits may be taken down for reasons related to quality and appropriateness as well as the future direction of the project as a whole. Work posted in the online exhibit will become part of the Library digital collections at College of Charleston.  Students are required to complete and turn in a “Release of Course Materials for Public Availability & Faculty Use of Student Work” release form. This form will be provided by the Faculty Instructor of Record for the course.

For more information about the use of Social Media and FERPA compliance, review "Is Your Use of Social Media FERPA Compliant?" from Educause Review Online.

Critical Commons

Critical Commons is a public media archive and fair use advocacy network that supports the transformative reuse of media in scholarly and creative contexts. It is an online platform for viewing, tagging, sharing, annotating curating and spreading media. Critical Commons goal is to build open, informed communities around media-based research, teaching, learning and creativity. Critical Commons is not affiliated in any way with Creative Commons.

Source: About Critical Commons

Citing Digital Sources in Research Projects

For the purposes of an academic project, any image, audio file, or video that is not an original creation of the author constitutes a borrowed idea and should be attributed accordingly. If you wish to publish media online (i.e. YouTube) or in print, even if for educational purposes, you will first need to determine whether or not the image is protected by copyright, then find out how to get copyright clearance (Images: A Guide to Finding, 2014).

Documenting sources for images can be challenging, especially with the variety of new electronic resources now available. Many different style manuals exist, such as MLA, APA, Turabian and Chicago. In addition, many digital image repositories have created specific guidelines for you to follow when using their images.

For more information visit Copyright and Fair Use.

Creative Commons License for Course Projects

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