Finding Media

This is a course about Shakespeare onscreen, so we’ll be watching a lot of films together. But some assignments (like the Film Review blog post) require you to find and watch films on your own.

But before you go running to your nearest torrent server, consider these sources to find radio plays, films, and any other recorded performances of any play / poem on our reading list. Listed below are multiple media sources to help you find your way.

Some of these resources require your UCalgary login, because the University of Calgary pays a subscription fee for you to access them. As you’ll see, they’re worth it.

Not only are they legitimate, they often have really useful features like chapter headings and notes. You just have to navigate a few Advanced-Search pages — way easier than learning to torrent stuff.

Library Resources:

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  • Shakespeare’s Restless World: British Museum Director Neil MacGregor presents a 20-part series about Shakespeare’s early modern world.
    • Also Shakespeare’s Restless World has a website and book.
  • Approaching Shakespeare: Find lectures about Shakespeare and his works from Oxford University.
  • In Our Time: Search the extensive archive of this BBC Radio 4 program for accessible, smart panel discussions on Shakespeare and hundreds of other topics. Warning: highly addictive.

Online Readings:

  • Librivox – Search through readings from most of literature that is read by volunteers.
  • Loyal Books – Find the company online or on iTunes with versions of any public domain text read aloud.

Performance Hubs:

Did you find a resource that’s more useful than this list? Mention it in the comments below.


Copyright and your Team Project

For your Team Projects you’ll produce short films, only for distribution in the class and on social media (YouTube) if you choose. Some of you may choose to use clips of commercially-released music or films that are under copyright. Here are some guidelines, courtesy of the University of Calgary’s Copyright Office.

The ‘non-commercial user-generated content’ exception is likely the most applicable to these projects. This is a relatively new exemption (passed in 2012) and has yet to be tested in the court of law; however, many Canadians are relying on this when posting mash-ups to the Internet. The only word of caution is that YouTube is required to remove material if they receive a claim of infringement. If a you use a complete song or even a significant portion, you may find your material is removed. Some music copyright holders are very diligent about trolling the Internet and sending out these requests to Internet service providers.

If you are using software like Garageband, the music provided within the platform is licensed for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

Fair dealing:

Fair dealing is an exception in the Copyright act that permits the use of a copyright-protected work without permission from the copyright owner or the payment of copyright royalties. To qualify for fair dealing, two tests must be passed. First, the “dealing” must be for a purpose stated in the Copyright Act: research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, satire or parody. The second test is that the dealing must be “fair.” There are 6 components to consider in making a decision as to whether you can rely upon fair dealing:

  1. · Purpose (does it fit criteria of research, private study, education, etc.)
  2. · Character (how were the works dealt with – single copies? wide distribution?)
  3. · Amount (proportion of work uses)
  4. · Nature (published? confidential?)
  5. · Alternatives (was it necessary to use? would something else work as well?)
  6. · Effect (economic impact)

These factors can guide you in determining whether you can include the work without rightsholder permission. For example, it is easier to claim fair dealing for criticism and review if the reproduction of an image is reduced in size and resolution and if you discuss this image at length within the thesis or class project. It is also important to acknowledge the source of the material being used.

The University has adopted fair dealing guidelines for students.

Non-Commercial User-generated Content

(also known as the ‘mash-up exception)
Using this exception, an individual can “use an existing work or other subject-matter or copy of one, which has been published or otherwise made available to the public, in the creation of a new work.” This includes the dissemination by that individual and on third party sites like Youtube, Vimeo etc.
This exception legalizes the creation of mash-ups and mix-tapes that drive many social media sites.
You can only use this exception if:

  • Your use is non-commercial;
  • You are acting as an individual (not on behalf of a company or organization);
  • You name the source (if appropriate for the medium);
  • You create the mash-up using a non-infringing work (eg. not something downloaded from an illegal file sharing site);
  • Your mash-up does not have a substantial adverse effect on the market of the work and does not infringe on the moral rights of the creator;
  • You do not circumvent a Digital Lock in order to access the material

If you were making a copy to be used for commercial purposes (eg. an advertisement) or on behalf of a company, you would have to get permission from a copyright holder.
Using someone else’s entire work (i.e. a complete Rhianna song) would likely not fall under this exception.
Note: This exception has yet to be tested in the court of law though the application of it is widespread.

Royalty-Free Materials

Royalty-free materials are a great way to avoid copyright issues. It is important to check the terms of use for each resource, as some have restrictions (e.g. non-commercial, attribution) or terms may change without notice.

A few resources for music are:

Note: it is important to check and comply with any licensing terms for these resources as well.

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