Monday, February 16, 2009
Image: from Sketchory, some rights reserved under a Creative Commons license.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Michael Brewer and the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy have published the online Digital Copyright Slider tool to help you decide whether materials are protected by copyright.
The Intellectual Property Rights Committee of the Visual Resources Association provides an online tool called the Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC). It is "intended to assist the user in assessing the intellectual property status of a specific image documenting a work of art, a designed object, or a portion of the built environment. Understanding the presence or absence of rights in the various aspects of a given image will allow the user to make informed decisions regarding the intended educational uses of that image."
Image: RK Catch, Hagia Sophia, 2006. From Flickr, some rights reserved under a Creative Commons license.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
"GIMPshop is a modification of the free/open source GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop. Its primary purpose is to make users of Photoshop feel comfortable using GIMP.
It shares all GIMP's advantages, including the long feature list and customisability, while addressing some common criticisms regarding the program's interface: GIMPshop modifies the menu structure to closely match Photoshop's, adjusts the program's terminology to match Adobe's, and, in the Windows version, uses a plugin called 'Deweirdifier' to combine the application's numerous windows in a similar manner to the MDI system used by most Windows graphics packages. While GIMPshop does not support Photoshop plugins, all GIMP's own plugins, filters, brushes, etc. remain available."