Photo: Chunky by Yun Huang Yong
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image joins a growing list of Australian and international arts institutions making resources available for reuse and remixing under Creative Commons. In September last year ACMI launched Generator, an online creative studio space for students and teachers to access and engage with screen content. This week ACMI expanded on its commitment to teaching screen literacy through dynamic programs by relicensing the downloadable media resources on Generator under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical 3.0 Australia licence. The 1000+ media products available in the Free Media Library go beyond being passive teaching aids – they are now part of the wider commons of legally reuseable content.

The ACMI has spent over 20 years delivering dynamic screen literacy programs that create deep and engaging learning spaces for young people to be active producers of screen content. ACMI’s Generator project was initiated as a concerted effort by the Centre to address changes in teaching screen media. It is the outcome of funding from the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to develop premium content for the FUSE Portal, a State-funded repository of content and resources to help teachers Find, Use and Share quality Education resources. To further that aim, ACMI looked to CC.

“One of the significant impediments for both students and teachers is the myriad of rights encountered with digital content and confusion around if and how it can be used,” Brett McLennan, Screen Education Manager at ACMI explained, “Creative Commons provided ACMI with a solution for the Free Media Library that not only reflected emergent practice in online rights management but significantly provided students with a real world context rather than a protected sandpit to create use and share digital assets.”

Credits—Photo: ‘Chunky‘ by Yun Huang Yong, CC BY 2.0 Generic.