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What Is Creative Commons?

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. For more information, go to http://creativecommons.org/about

Creative commons allows you to utilize a wide variety of media such as photos, videos, music, and clip art from a wide variety of sources. You can use the creative commons search query by going to https://search.creativecommons.org.

Why use Creative Commons?

As a contributor to Creative Commons, you are able to create a license for other people to use your work. You may set certain restrictions to the capacity in which your work is used.

As a user of Creative Commons, you may utilize available media within the restrictions set by the creator. Please be aware of the restrictions or exceptions that apply to the media before you use it to make sure that you do not violate the Creative Commons license.

What is Copyright?

Copyright is the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

Copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”


What is Public Domain?

Public domain works is content that is not restricted by copyright which means that it is free to use by the public. There are three main categories that Public Domain work falls under:

  1.   Works that are automatically entered into the Public Domain because they are not able to be copyrighted
  2.   Works that creators have assigned to Public Domain
  3.   Works whose copyright have expired which include
  4.    Works published in the U.S. before 1923
  5.   Works published with a copyright notice from 1923 – 1963 without copyright renewal
  6.    Works published without a copyright notice from 1923 – 1977
  7.   Works published without a copyright notice from 1978 – March 1, 1989 and without subsequent registration within 5 years

For more specifics about Public Works, visit the following website


The following websites are places where you can find a wide variety of different Public Domain works:

Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing



  • Do research on your interviewee and your topic before the interview takes place.
  • Plan your questions in advance. Having index cards or a small notebook can help you stay on track during the interview. Avoid questions that result in a yes/no answer.
  • Make sure you have the interviewee sign a release form. 
  • Have the interviewee spell out their first and last name before the interview.
  • Make your interviewee feel comfortable and relaxed. Have your interviewee sit or stand in a relaxed position for the duration of the interview.
  • Limit the distractions around the interviewee. You and your interviewee want to appear focused on each other. 
  • Be friendly and develop a rapport with the interviewee.
  • Listen carefully during the interview. If you didn’t hear or understand something that your interviewee said, ask them for clarification.
  • Make sure that your interviewee responds to your questions in complete sentences
  • Edit in your head as you listen to the interviewee’s responses to your questions. Is their answer simple and clear?  Will it edit well?  If not, ask your question again until you get the sound bite you will need in the edit room.


  • Make sure you have the right conditions when recording with a mobile device (i.e. lighting, composition and external noise control).
  • Keep phone steady when recording audio/video during an interview.
  • Make sure the interviewee doesn’t hold the phone.
  • Research the shots that will look and work best for your interview (i.e. Two-shot, Barbara Walter Shot, Over-the-Head Shot).


  • Make sure you are in a quiet environment.  Avoid humming lights, computers, traffic, talking, etc.
  • Do a test run of the the audio levels before completing the full interview.
  • If there is an audio problem, such as background noise, stop the interview until it is resolved.
  • If there is an audio problem, ask the interviewee to repeat the answer.
  • Capture room tone by recording “silence” at the end of the interview.  


  • Make sure to wear appropriate clothing when interviewing someone (i.e. suit, blazer, long pants, etc). It is important to look professional.
  • Advise the interviewee to dress in attire that is also professional and not distracting.




  • Don’t make the interviewee uncomfortable. Avoid asking very personal questions that are unrelated to the interview topic. Maintain a professional attitude and approach. 
  • If you have a mic, don’t let the interviewer hold the mic.
  • Don’t interrupt your interviewee in the middle of a sentence. Let he/she finish what they have to say.
  • Don’t ask yes/no questions.


  • Don’t cut your interviewee out of frame.
  • Don’t block the lens.
  • Don’t record at night.
  • Don’t position your interviewee higher or lower than yourself. Make sure you are at the same eye level as your interviewee.


  • Don’t wear anything that will distract your interviewee or distract your viewer’s attention on the interviewee. 

SoundCloud Tutorial

  1. Getting Started
  2. Uploading Music
  3. Adding a Picture
  4. Bringing SoundCloud into WordPress


1. Getting Started:

  • To sign up, click the bright orange button at the top right hand of the page that reads “Sign up.” There is an option to sign in with your Facebook account, as well as your Google Plus account.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to confirm your account.

HOW TO GET STARTED (Video tutorial)

2. Uploading Music:

  • Once you’ve created your account, you will have the option to upload music. To do this, click on the button to the right of the search box that reads “Upload.”

HOW TO UPLOAD AUDIO (Video tutorial)

3. Adding a Picture:

  • To attach a picture to go along with your song, click on “Upload New Image” underneath the cloud on the left of the screen.
  • Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 12.32.59 PMA new box should pop up, asking you to select a picture from your computer’s hard drive.
  • Select your picture and you are all set.


4. Bringing SoundCloud into WordPress:


Download Free Music/Audio on YouTube

Learn how to browse and download free music and other audio files to use in your own media project.

1. Go to YouTube.com.

2. Log in using your gmail account.

3. On the left hand corner of the home page, click on “My Channel.”

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4.  Click on “Video Manager.”

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5. On the left hand corner you will see a tab titled “Creator Studio.” Go to the bottom of that tab and click “Create.”

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6.  The Audio Library will then appear on the page. A large amount of free Creative Commons music and sound effects are freely available for everyone to use. You can use any of these free audio files in your own creative project. On some of the files, you will see a symbol of a person. This symbol indicates that the original creator of this file requests that you credit them at the end of your video, if you use their content in your work.

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7. Once you’ve selected the audio you would like to use,  click the download symbol (the arrow at the far right). When you download an audio file from this list, it will be downloaded to your iTunes for your convenience. You can easily import iTune files into various editing software. 



Here are links to a few other websites that also allow you to download Creative Commons audio: 




freesound.org (for free sound effects)