Thursday, 16 August 2012

The skinny on Creative Commons

How do we know who owns what on the web?  How do we give credit where credit is due? What happens to the work we share online?   How do we move from a culture of ownership to one of sharing?  These are just some of the few questions brought about by the different issues surrounding intellectual property rights, creating and sharing content online, and managing what we do with the different material we make, borrow and modify online.  

This post, written mostly by Mr. R next door,  is meant to give you some useful links which will hopefully help you make sense of Creative Commons as a concept and as a tool. Throughout the year we will be exploring both the concept and the tool, so we do not want to overload you with too much information now.

First place to start is the Creative Commons website. You can take a look at the mission statement, and begin to understand the various licenses CC offers.

This clip does a nice job of explaining the licenses, you can skip to about 1:14: 

Don't worry too much if it all sounds a bit confusing,  we will be using Creative Commons throughout the year, and soon you will have a very clear understanding of why it is important to you both as a consumer of digital media, but also why it will help you as a creator.  

In class, we also spoke about Flickr-- a photo sharing site with a large pool of CC work. I have added the link to the Advanced Search page for easy searching (Please bookmark as you will use this site often), or maybe you want to search by color only, try this Creative Commons has its own search here, but I find the Flickr search more useful. 

Finally, here is the video we watched in class if you want to take another look. It moves quickly and there are some things you may have missed. As you are watch please jot down any ideas or questions that spring to mind. 

So what do you think? What does all of this mean to you? What are your thoughts on Creative Commons as a concept? What questions do you still have? If you created media would you license it using CC? Why or why not?

Please take a few minutes to share some ideas in the comments below.


  1. Sometimes I find it hard to look for creative commons images that I can use. Sometimes I think that will it actually be useful? : |

  2. I think that creative commons is a good thing since you can use a image and you can feel like you have permission from the owner of the image. I would use creative commons for my photos since it lets people use my photos for my work and they can give my name since I took the photo.