Teaching Students About Copyright
Beyond good digital citizenship, teaching about copyright is becoming increasingly important as students become producers and publishers of content. It’s time that we stop letting students simply copy and paste from Google Image Search, or upload their favorite songs to a video project. That’s why I’ve made an effort to share easy-to-use resources of copyright-friendly images for student use. Free Stock Music provides downloadable songs that are perfect for student use in videos and other multimedia projects.
Nick’s Picks for Copyright Friendly Images:
Finding the Perfect Soundtrack
Students can search for soundtracks, but I suggest that they click on Free Music in the top left part of the page and select from one of the following genres to get started: Cinematic, Classical, Corporate, Country, Easy Listening, Electronic, Hip-Hop, International, Pop Music, and Rock N’ Roll.
Once students find a song they are interested in, they can listen to a short sample of it song with one click. They can also view a detailed song description, song length, technical information, and license details. All pages offer more results from AudioBlocks. AudioBlocks is the parent site of Free Stock Music. It offers premium music tracks, but please advise students that these are not free.
Songs can be downloaded with one click. Most songs are available for download in 3 formats (WAV, AIFF, and MP3). MP3 files seem to work with nearly any video editor, but you can learn more about which format is best for you in their handy guide.
I’m not an expert in copyright law, but the explanation below seems to have your covered. Of course, you can read the fine print here.
License: 100% royalty free license that allows you to use the music in all types of productions, for worldwide distribution, forever. There are never any licensing fees.
Where Do Your Students Find Music for Their Projects?
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