Today’s Omeka workshop with UI Library Archivist Ashlyn Velte was productive.  While the free version of the Omeka allows you to build interesting collections and exhibits the 64MB limit on individual items and the 500MB maximum limit on a free account proves problematic for someone who teaches with and uses very large video files.  She suggested using Omeka as a class site to demonstrate student products, resources and research which may prove useful for some theory/history classes I teach.  I learned from Evan Williamson that UI pays for ArcGIS and if I contact Bruce in the library he might be able to help me with the oral history mapping project I want to create online.

When a question came up about user rights to materials Evan informed us of a court case ruling that screen shots used in demonstrations and presentations is considered fair use which is good to know.  Here’s an interesting court ruling on screen shots of a video game.


The Center for Media & Social Impact has created a Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use and this is an excellent resource for students and anyone else interested in using media in their research or creative works.

Another good resource when it comes to media and entertainment law is Mark Litwak’s Entertainment Law Resources.  This site includes articles, video clips, legal documents and links to numerous industry organizations and trade publications.



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