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Creative Commons

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Creative Commons is a special type of copyright.

gives people permission to copy, share, and build on someone's creative work in a way specified by the person who created it.  Anybody can use a Creative Commons license - including students!


 Creative Commons is a non-profit that helps sharing + reuse of creativity & knowledge via free legal and technological tools. These tools are not alternatives to copyright laws, rather they work alongside them. You haven’t given up your copyright. You specify the rules for sharing your content. You can combine any of the features, below. Most people specify Attribution because they want the credit.




Attribution -  Go ahead and share, remix, change, and use the work commercially. Just credit me.


Non-Commercial – Share, remix, and change the work; however you aren’t allowed to use it commercially.


Share-Alike – You can remix and change this, but only if you offer the same licence.


No Derivatives – You can share but not change the original.


Why would you want to use Creative Commons?

Have you ever benefited from freely-shared information? 

Freely shared art, music, theatre, where you don't pay, just enjoy?

Take a look at this movie: 


How do I add my own Creative Common licence to my original work?

If you want to share your OWN material under a Creative Commons licence, please check out:

Choose a Licence: http://creativecommons.org/choose/

Best Practices for Using a Creative Commons Licence:  http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Marking/Users


Using other People’s Work under CC

Unless a website, wiki or blog includes a Creative Commons licence, all content is automatically the copyright of the creator. 

If you plan to use work that has been licenced under creative commons, read the licence attached to it and follow with the conditions of use, usually some of the categories listed above.


How to Attribute a Digital Source

Title - if available

Author - name or username, best if linked to a user pate

Source - linked to original page where it was found

Licence - type of CC licence, eg. CC by 2.0 - linked to actual licence information


How to Attribute a Print Source

Use the traditional method of citation but include the Licence information.


How to Attribute if you have Modified Slightly

As above, then include: how you’ve modified, eg. Greyscale from original


How to Attribute a Derivative Work

If you’ve made a whole new piece based on the original…


This work, “your title”, is a derivative of “Original Title” by {author} (linked), used under [licence type].

“Your title” is licenced under licence type by {Your Name}.


For more, please see: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Marking/Users


More Resources



Good article on Creative Commons including some of the problems:


Glossary of Social Technology Terms: http://www.socialbysocial.com/book/key-concepts



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