Looking for a song, video, picture to use in your own work that is cover by Creative Commons?
CC - What does it mean?
The Creative Commons movement started to enable people to share and use works on the Internet. Copyright restrictions existed long before the Internet started, making it difficult for people to legally reuse other people's work.
Creative Commons simplifies the licensing of content whether it be audio, text, images, video or any other format.
Fast Facts About Creative Commons
These factoids come from the Creative Commons website [CC BY]:
- The first CC license was issued in 2002.
- By 2009 there were over 350 million CC-licensed works.
- Flickr is is the single largest source of CC content on the web.
- YouTube offers users the option to CC license the videos that they upload.
- Wikipedia operates under a CC Attribution Share-Alike license.
- CC licensing is recognized in over 50 affiliate jurisdictions.
- Khan Academy videos are licensed under CC Attribution - Noncommercial - Share Alike licenses.
- Whitehouse.gov requires all third party content that is posted there to be under a CC Attribution license.
Why use Creative Commons?
Why Use Creative Commons?
Using media or content from Creative Commons allows you to improve your work without paying licensing fees or waiting for permission to use works.
- You can locate images to add to your assignments or web pages.
- You can find video clips to use as part of a larger video work.
- You can locate music to use as a soundtrack.
- If you license your work under a Creative Commons license, you are contributing to and sharing with a community of creatives. You will be contributing for the common good.
Understanding Creative Commons
This easy guide for using material with Creative Commons licenses is from New Media Rights. You may also use these licenses if you choose to make your own published work available for copying or re-use.
Attribution-NoDerivs You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work
Attribution-ShareAlike If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one
Attribution-NonCommercial You may not use this work for commercial purposes
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs You may not use this work for commercial purposes; You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike You may not use this work for commercial purposes; If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.
The Creative Commons website has more information about each type of license.
Some guide content used with permission from Atlanta International School and The College of William and Mary