Creative commons is a nonprofit organisation that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools(1). But am not writing this to tell you about the organisation. Today i would like to tell you how these tools of creative commons can help you. I could be talking to a writer , a teacher, a musician, a blogger or whoever is reading this. Have you ever felt the need to share your work but feared it would not be credited back to you? Do you wonder how to share your work without it being stolen?
I once encouraged a singer/song writer to record their song and post it on youtube but one of their fears was that she would not be credited. Worse still, someone could take her lyrics and record them for commercial gain.So here is a talented person who is afraid to share her creativity with the world because of lack of knowledge about creative commons.
I have heard of success stories where people share their work and all credit comes back to them. So why is it that some others are still afraid. Well i think people just don’t know how they can do it and under which licenses. So if you don’t mind people Sharing or using your creative works, you could consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license.CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified(1).
Creative commons has six types of licences; Attribution CC BY which lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. The second licence is Attribution-ShareAlike cc BY-SA which let others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms(1).
The third license is Attribution-NoDerivs CC BY-ND which allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you. The fourth license is Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC which lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms(1).
The Fifth license is Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA which lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.And Finally the sixth license is Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDetivs CC BY-NC-ND which allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially(1).
Some of the users of creative commons are Al jazeera,Flicker, Google ,YouTube which is owned by Google and Wikipedia among others. So musician who want to post their videos on YouTube ,Writers, Bloggers Photographers can publish using creative commons licenses.
Have you ever found your self searching online and doing a copy and paste or remix without crediting the original creator or even asking for permission to use the creative work? And has it ever occurred to you that what your doing is actually illegal? So if you are looking for content that is free and legal for use , try CC -licensed works which are freely available.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
We don’t mind copying, sharing or remixing peoples creations for our own gain but we put on all our guards when other people copy or share our work.
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1. Creative Commons, Retrieved 15th Febuary 2014