Attribution and Creative Commons

“Creative Commons provides a valuable resource for the modern ‘cut and paste’ culture that has been neglected by traditional copyright law.”

Creative Commons bases its distribution model on the rights granted under copyright law and the ability of the copyright owner to manage and control these rights.  The first Creative Commons licenses were released in December 2007 and has since gone through a few changes and currently is Version  4. 0 since November of 2013.

Creative Commons leaves the decision making up to the original author and allows them to choose from a variety of suites in which they can pick and choose how to distribute their work.  The four main components of the suites include:

  • Attribution – whenever a work is copied, redistributed or remixed under a Creative Commons license, credit must be given to the original author.
  • Non-Commercial – lets others copy, distribute, display, and perform the work and works based up it  for non-commercial purposes only.
  • No Derivative Works – lets others distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of work.
  • Share Alike – allows other to distribute, display and preform derivative works only under the same license conditions that govern the original work.

“By encouraging the use of CC licenses, and supporting open access, copyright will be of the people, and for the people – to benefit all” Commons Machinery

Creators can choose between six different licenses that allow them to choose the degree of flexibility that have with sharing their work.  Creative Commons is mainly centered around attribution, money as well of course, but mostly attribution.  Creative Commons suite of licenses require attribution of works when they are used by others.  It is important to have policies that protect peoples intellectual property to ensure they receive proper recognition and/or financial benefit from their work.

The modern remix culture consists of people reusing and building upon other people works and the current copyright laws do not accommodate for this.  Especially with the use of digital media, the authority one has over their work has change. 

I would say I like the Attribution-ShareAlike licenses.

Information on Creative Commons gathered from here


Posted on January 24, 2014, in Class and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Hi Halie, I was wondering why you would choose the Attribution-ShareALike license. I read up on it on this website, where it explained that it is the license Wikipedia uses. This turned me off from it, but was curious as to what caught your eye about it.

    • When I decided to pick what type of licenses I would choose I wanted it to have the ability for people to be able to make adaptations it as long as they also share aliked, so any commercial work would have to also be open to adaptations. I think it is very important to let other expand on my work and have the potential to make it better.

  2. I like how simply you explained Creative Commons licenses, and all the other articles/pages you linked to which really help your readers in gaining knowledge on the subject. You said: “The modern remix culture consists of people reusing and building upon other people works and the current copyright laws do not accommodate for this.” That is exactly what I have been thinking about this subject this entire time!

    • I looked for articles that other people had written since it is a more difficult topic with all the legal talk and then adapted them, yay creative commons, to what I needed.

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