Creative Commons


Introduction:
We are in a sharing and "free-culture movement". So how might we use, modify or create material that is not illegal and does not breach copyright laws? For instance, reusing an image from a standard Google Image search is likely to be breaking copyright. Creative Commons was created to help both content creators and content users to share materials.


An overview of Creative Commons (from the Creative Commons New Zealand website )

Creative Commons aims to establish a fair middle way between the extremes of copyright control and the uncontrolled uses of intellectual property. It provides a range of copyright licences, freely available to the public, which allow those creating intellectual property – including authors, artists, educators and scientists – to mark their work with the freedoms they want it to carry.




Creative commons for educators


Suggestion:
View the two slideshares below to get an overview of Creative Commons in relation to education. Note how the second presentation has built on the material from the first which was licensed on Slideshare with an Attribution Non-Commerial Share Alike Creative Commons license.





The Creative Commons licenses


The following describes each of the six main Creative Commons licenses that creators can apply to their work. This information is taken directly from http://creativecommons.org (the content on this site is licensed under an Attribution license).

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Attribution cc by
This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon a work, even commercially, as long as they credit the original creator. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered, in terms of what others can do with works licensed under Attribution.


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This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon a work even for commercial reasons, as long as they credit the original creator and license their new creations under the identical terms.


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This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to the original creator.


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This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon a work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge the original creator and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.


external image 88x31.pngAttribution Non-Commercial Share Alike cc by-nc-sa
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon a work non-commercially, as long as they credit the original creator and license their new creations under the identical terms. Others can download and redistribute the work just like the by-nc-nd license, but they can also translate, make remixes, and produce new stories based on the work. All new work based on the original work will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also be non-commercial in nature.


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This license is the most restrictive of the six main licenses, allowing redistribution. It allows others to download a work and share it with others as long as they credit the original creator, but they can’t change the work in any way or use it commercially.




Additional resources to consider:

Creative Commons video
Get a general overview of Creative Commons in a creative society in this YouTube video .

The Creative Commons wiki
http://wiki.creativecommons.org/