I was asked a very good question by one of my students as a response to our Our Class of Heroes~Animoto blog:
“I was thinking, say you were a music teacher at some school and you recorded one of the pieces that your students did. Would it be illegal to load it onto a slide-show you were making?”
My response…(teacher friends, if I’m wrong…please set me straight!)
“Excellent question Lizzie! The short answer is no…as long as the music is being performed by the class. If the teacher used a recorded piece of music (from a CD or Audio File) that would be a little different; especially if the music was uploaded into the slideshow. There are many sites now that offer music that has been licensed as creative commons though (Animoto is an example of that)…most of those songs can be used, but not sold for profit (depending on the license used). I will post a video that explains this pretty well, and we’ll talk about it in class more too. Thanks for reminding me to explain this more!”
Check out the video below…it explains the basic guidelines of Creative Commons licensing. The best thing you can do though, is ask a teacher or parent before you post anything to a website.