Hello web designers (and anyone else interested in the fun, FUN world of copyright)
For your clicking pleasure, I’ve assembled this handy dandy post o’ information and resources related to copyright for artists and designers. This is a dense topic and what is listed here by no means covers everything. But, hey, ya gotta start somewhere!
Copyright Basics for Designers
Everything is a Remix: the excellent short film series we watched in class.
RIP: A Remix Manifesto: a fascinating look at the way remix culture is evolving how we think of copyright and creativity.
Sources for Public Domain and Alternative Licensed Media
Be sure to always check individual licenses to make sure they match your particular use. Also, attribute when required.
- Creative Commons Search: searches many outlets simultaneously for photos, videos, music, etc.
- Wikimedia Commons: online warehouse for media in the public domain
- Flickr: millions of photos but somewhat unruly in organization.
- PhotoPin: sometimes has more relevant search results than Flickr
- Google filtered search: just be careful since following an image outside your search (as in clicking on “related images”) can lead you to copyrighted material.
- Font Squirrel: all fonts are free and licensed for commercial use. Font Squirrel is also home of a web font generator that can be used to convert any font for use with the @font-face property.
- DaFont: lots of interesting specialty fonts. Check the license.
- Google Fonts: the evil empire has its fingers in everything, but, as with Font Squirrel, the fonts are all free and licensed for commercial use.
Appropriation and Fan Art
This is a video of a panel at Comicon at 2012 with copyright expert Josh Wattles. It’s long-ish but worthwhile if you are interested in fan art or the appropriation of pop culture imagery in general. This one’s for you, Doug!