Copyright and Creative Commons

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Notes for teaching students about Copyright and Creative Commons.

Slide 1: Introduction

Slide 2: Copyright: A form of intellectual property. Grants legal, exclusive rights given to the creator of any original work to use and distribute, especially for commercial use. Copyright is automatically granted to the creator of a work.

Slide 3: Works covered by copyright (listed). All are creative and original works.

Slide 4: Copyright isn’t for everyone. Some view this as too proprietary and commercial. There is an alternative.

Slide 5: Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that offers their own set of licenses that work alongside traditional copyright: “Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

Slide 6: Public Domain: Public Domain content is “free from barriers to access or reuse usually associated with copyright protection.” This comes into effect when copyright runs out but you can also voluntarily remove barriers to access your work.

How to license your work for Public Domain: You can freely license using the GNU Free License or the Free Art License.

More info:

Slide 7: Anonymity: You can also give up claim to authorship/ownership of work, which will most likely put it into the Public Domain (unless it is part of a larger collection, owned by another organization, etc.)

Slide 8: Choosing your license:

Things to consider:

  • Do you want to be linked to this content in the future?
  • Are you planning on building a larger portfolio? Curating an identity as an artist/photographer, etc.?
    • You can also host your work at multiple places, including Flickr and DeviantArt, your own site, etc.
  • Consider how you want to represent the license: CC buttons, watermark, signature, etc.
  • Who do you want to be able to use your work and how? In what contexts?

Slide 9: Links to more information