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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