Student Tech Tour, Stop #10: Legal Entertainment
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Stop #10 is about music, videos and more for legal eagles.
On the previous page, you learned about copyright, fair use and infringement. Now it is time to look at legal sources for your entertainment.
Trying to stay up-to-date on the availability of music and video resources online and otherwise is often a challenge. The list of websites and resources below is only a jumping-off point. Remember, Google (or insert your favorite search engine name here) is your friend. Looking for something? Search the World Wide Web; it is probably out there! Whatever you do, always stay on the legal side of finding your entertainment. The Recording Industry Association of America®, RIAA, and/or the the Motion Picture Association of America, MPAA, may be watching. Seriously.
UNT takes a hard stance against the illegal sharing of copyright-protected material; for more information please read UNT's Approach to Addressing Copyright Infringement.
The RIAA has set up this page containing some of the more popular legal online music sources to help you access music online legally.
ResNet and the Residence Halls
The University of North Texas has partnered with Apogee in order to provide Residential Network, called ResNet, service. You can view Apogee’s end-user agreement at https://www.myresnet.com/pdf/eua.pdf. Additionally, EDUCAUSE, A nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology, has created a page that provides resources for legal campus downloading. Some of the sites they list for legal music downloads are listed below.
On the Internet
iTunes, for example, offers music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts. Additionally, iTunes U -- "Free lectures from top institutions."
Yahoo! Music has been the "go to" place for listening to music online for a long time. It continues to offer free access to Internet radio, music videos, artist interviews, and lots more.
Also available from About.com, A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Sites for Free Movie Downloads.
VH1 has a site with a similar look and feel of the MTV website.
Magnatune: offers "independent music to listen, download or license."
- A great source of free music and videos on campus is the University of North Texas Libraries. Specifically, the Media Library and the Music Library. Also worth noting is the Media Library's Film Series. More sources for movies, both on-campus and for download can be found at the Libraries' Online Media page. You can read more about the UNT Libraries and their assets here.
- The University Program Council hosts movies and events, most of them are free. Also, check out the campus calendar. You can filter for the types of events according to interest.
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