NCTV INSIDE: The Public Domain

Back in September, NCTV had a great time doing our first ever Media Literacy Month. This week, however, we’ve been joining in with the rest of the country for the first ever National Media Literacy Week. All week we have had time set aside for anyone to come in and get some Tech Help.

Media Literacy is very important, especially here at NCTV. To us, one of the most important aspects of Media Literacy is the use of works in the public domain. It would be great if we could use whatever songs, play whatever shows/movies, or use whatever pictures we wanted in our various projects, but we can’t. Copyright laws prevent us from doing that. That’s okay, though. We aren’t interested in stealing. Plus, there are plenty of websites that have public domain works available to use anytime! One of our perennial favorites for free music is Kevin MacLeod makes some great tunes for anyone to use. Another favorite that I’ve mentioned in the past is I use this site a lot when searching for interesting backgrounds to use on bulletins, but it’s also good for finding any type of free pictures.

NCTV Executive Director, Katy Woodhams set up a page awhile back that lists all of the different places you can find works of the public domain. You can find it at There is a plethora of resources out there!

As for the remainder of National Media Literacy Week, join us at the NCTV Studio on Thursday from 6:30pm-8pm for the screening of This Land is Our Land. It’s a film that discusses how corporations are “busy buying what used to be known as the commons – everything from our forests and our oceans to our broadcast airwaves and our most important intellectual and cultural works.” For more info and a preview click HERE. And also feel free to stop by for the final Tech Help on Friday, November 6th from 2pm-4pm. We would love to help you out!

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