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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Creative Commons website

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With the advances in technology we see on this show it is not surprising that more and more people are getting creative with sound and vision, but just how do you keep out of copyright trouble when the law can be so confusing?

Creative Commons has all the answers, and provides a first class search facility for you to find other people's creative works to play with, all totally above board.

Hit Learn More and watch the Get Creative movie to fill yourself in on exactly what the site is all about. It makes for fascinating watching, and contains the basics about copyright law, and a great story about a band called The White Stripes.

In a nutshell, Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation who have devised a multi-symbol copyright protection system that allows people to apply certain rules to the use and reproduction of their work, such as "you can use this image for charity work, but cannot alter it in any way."

The copyright process is free, and clicking the big Publish button on the opening page will step you through the procedure.

The other main section, under Find, will take you to a search engine to find music, video and images published on the internet, which have been licensed in this way.

ilikemusic website

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The next site is a must see for any hardened music lovers, especially if you like to read an independent point of view.

ilikemusic.com has a refreshingly simple goal in life - music news, reviews and information about music for music lovers.

Still an independent, self-funding site, it is not tied to front page promotions of whatever band some BigWig record label is trying to push, just honest opinion about all sorts of issues, from James Blunt to getting a job at MTV.

There are plenty of interviews to delve into, with artists like Gabrielle and Norman Cook, and the features section simply oozes information. Well written and unfussy, it fits perfectly with the straightforward layout of the site.

Plus you will find music videos, demos, and other little gems if you poke around for a bit. Altogether a thoroughly satisfying website.

A Hamburger Today website

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Our next site is another one of those crazy blog sites that have somehow shot to cult status.

The people who write these blogs often put a huge amount of time and effort into their creation, and A Hamburger Today certainly seems to fit that bill.

A blog all about hamburgers might not seem like the obvious choice when you are deciding what to write about, but I have to say I was charmed and fascinated by the colourful and well editorialised entries on these pages.

They might seem like the perfect recipe for high cholesterol, but boy do these burgers look tasty.

The way a blog works is the central panel contains the latest entry at the top, so scroll down and start reading backwards if you want to start at the beginning.

With photographs and mostly entertaining text, this site opens up a new window onto the humble hamburger, or maybe it says more about the people who love burgers enough to write a blog about them? I will let you decide.

The recipe section is also well worth checking out if you want to build some of the classic meaty treats you have read about at home, just make sure you watch that blood pressure.

Cookie Dough Records website

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Finally, a little bit of rhythm for you to tap your foot along to at home.

Cookie Dough Records is where you go, and then click Movies / Music to get to the section we want.

I have to say at this stage, I like the design of the interface and it loads a lot faster than it looks like it should, always the sign of good coding.

This section has a small selection of flash animation movies by an author known as Dustball.

Click on an icon at the bottom to read information about the idea and vision, and how it was achieved.

Try Play More first. Click the big Play Movie link in the top left corner of the box to be linked to a site where you can download it to play, which does take a little while I am afraid, but worth the wait.

Here the artist videoed himself doing the dance moves, then outlined each frame by hand to create the visual effect.

All the sounds come from household objects too apparently; a great work of art.

And then take a look at Spin, a brilliantly funny stop-frame animation, which I will not spoil for you by describing here.

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