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Process Post (Week 11)

A couple weeks ago, our TA suggested that we should collaborate with other classmates to create content for our blogs. I paired up with Jade and Sam to create a YouTube video where to try not to sing or dance to catchy songs. We wanted to do this because it encompassed all of our blogs themes (YouTube, music, and vines). Here’s the final product.




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Process Post (7) Remixing Copyright Free Content

Copyright Topics & Contract Law

Jon Festinger, brand and creative industries lawyer, directed this week’s lecture. He drew our attention to important factors one must consider when creating their own content and using others. “…copyright…means the sole right to…reproduce the work…in any material form whatever…”. I already had a basic understanding of copyright infringement and Creative Commons from my past Communication courses, but Festinger dug deeper into the complexities of copyright topics and contract law, making me think about some elements I hadn’t thought of before.

He emphasized…

  • The definition of copyright: “…means the sole right to…reproduce the work…in any material form whatever…”
  • Underlying ownership is the public domain
  • All rights belong to author
  • Creators often sell their rights to corporations
  • In Canada, copyright runs 50 years past death of author, then goes back into public domain
  • Copyright comes from the expression of an idea – copying it into tangible form


The Pros & Cons

Although I understand the rules and ownership and use of content that is not legally yours, I have to admit that I sometimes find it a bit frustrating. With so many copyrighted songs, photos, graphics, video clips, recipes, etc out there, I feel limited in what I can use to create own own content. For example, when I first received my DSLR camera, I discovered a new found love for making fun little music videos. I would take videos of my friends and places I traveled to, and then edit it all together with a song that I thought suited the clips. The music I chose was always copyrighted, so it is not something I can easily share openly online as it can be deleted for copyright infringement. On the other hand however, this pushes me to be more creative and motivates me to produce more original content. I intend to use more of my own photos in my blog posts as well as even attempt to make a video or two on here. So in this sense, copyright law encourages me to create a unique presence for myself in a world that is overflowing with published content.


MultiMonica Tries Remixing

As part of the requirement for this week’s process post, I tried my hand at remixing. Festinger advised we look for a Creative Commons license included on whatever we choose to mix together, as this is free to use and part of the public domain. My process was fairly simple. I took my personally filmed videos which I own the rights to, and added copyright free music to create a music video mashup. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of a lot of the copyright free music out there, and the music I originally had edited into my videos were better. But after some searching, I found some tracks that seemed to fit well. In the description of each Youtube video, the terms of use were clearly stated and I made sure to copy and paste this into my video descriptions:

For song #1

Licence: You’re free to use this song in any of your videos, but you must include the following in your video description (Copy & Paste):

Happy Life by FREDJI https://soundcloud.com/fredjimusic https://www.facebook.com/fredjimusic/

Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/u4PI5p5bI9k

For song #2

Licence: You’re free to use this song in any of your videos, but you must include the following in your video description (Copy & Paste):

Life Is by Cosimo Fogg (201) https://soundcloud.com/cosimo-fogg

Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…

Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/9MXUHYGvBVY


I apologize for the shaky filming in my Costa Rica video (first time using a GoPro), and the awful filter I used on my LA video which I can’t remove now…If you want to see the original versions of these videos with copyrighted music, click these links! →  Costa Rica and LA . I’m not sure why these videos flew under Youtube’s radar and haven’t been taken down yet, as I definitely do not own the rights to these songs.


Watch My Copyright Free Music Videos Down Below!

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