One of the very neat apps/web sites I learned about at my recent NCTIES conference was History Pin. At the most basic level, it mashes up Google Maps and photo sharing. But the photos are of places from years ago and how they currently look. The first thing I look at are the terms. I want to see who owns the content and how can others use it. While I would like to see all donated content fall under Creative Commons, I like their initial steps:
Copyright protected: You do not give others a license to use your Media Content other than for the purposes of viewing the content via the Website. You may state your ownership of such copyright protected content on the Website. Others may not, without limitation, copy, reproduce, republish, download, post, broadcast, record, transmit, commercially exploit, edit, communicate to the public or distribute in any way your copyrighted content save as set out here. However users have a right to make copies for back up purposes for lawful use, and incidentally in the course of viewing Media Content on their selected device provided that no more than one copy of any information is made. Users may have also have rights to use your Media Content in ways permitted under relevant copyright laws (for example fair dealing for research and private study or criticism, review and news reporting or educational activities). We also permit third parties to re-use content on blogs (provided they attribute Historypin in such mention).
So they follow Copyright, but you give permission, with attribution, for third parties to re-use content on blogs. I can subscribe to that.
So that video in a nutshell, shows how practical this site/app can be for a school. Imagine going out and finding content. Maybe asking students for old pictures of their family, then going out and taking the current pictures of the same site. Very cool, and very powerful!
Find History Pin at http://www.historypin.com/