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Documentary Video Production: 5. Attribution

Citing Creative Commons-licensed Works

Crediting CC-licensed work in video:

"Adding the appropriate credit information to your videos could be as simple as a list of the works used at the end with their associated license. Eg:

This video features the following songs:

“Desaprendere (Treatment)” by fourstones, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

“Some Other Song” by fourstones, available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

If possible, it is desirable to make the title, author, and license links the viewer can follow."

This information is courtesy of the Creative Commons Wiki. To read more, see this article "Best Practices for Marking Content with CC Licenses: Users." 

Example of Citing a CC-Licensed Image

Below is a screenshot of an image called "Notebook Collection" and its author/copyright information. This image was found on Flickr using Creative Commons search engine.

Here is an example of how you might cite this image:

"Notebook Collection" by Dvortygirl, Some Rights Reserved

"Notebook Collection" is linked to the image itself. "Some Right Reserved" is linked to the exact Creative Commons license.


Citing copyrighted material

Credit all copyrighted material that you use in your documentary, including still images, video, and music. In your citation you should include the creator, title of the work, date of publication, and URL. Consult your professor about what citation style to use: APA, Chicago/Turabian, or MLA.

To avoid cluttering up your documentary, it is best to include your citations at the end, in your closing credits.

If you plan on sharing your documentary outside of school, obtain written permission for all of the copyrighted materials that you are using.

(photo by Horia Varlan via Flickr AttributionAttributionSome rights reserved)

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