Creative Commons

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If you create and post your own work online and want others to be able to see and use it, consider using a Creative Commons license. There are numerous license options for how you choose to make it available.

Here is an example of a CC license that you might find attached to a piece of work. This license would allow you to use a photo, for example, only if you give proper attribution; if you do not use it for commercial purposes; and if you don’t make any changes to the original. Check out the different licenses available at Creative Commons licenses. We use a Creative Commons license on this site which allows users to re-use the content unless otherwise copyrighted (i.e. images or video).

    • You automatically have copyright over any material that you have created including writing, photos, music, etc. Others cannot copy or use what you’ve created without your permission. If you want to allow others to use or share your work consider using a Creative Commons license.
    • Creative Commons (CC) enables producers of material to allow others to use it without traditional copyright restrictions. Many users of photo sharing websites such as Flickr take advantage of CC so that their works can be distributed and seen by more people.
    • CC licenses allow you to choose the terms by which others can use your work. For example, you can stipulate that other people credit you, that they do not use your work for monetary gain or that they do not modify your work when using it (i.e. make a derivative based on your original).
    • UBC’s Learning Commons has a number of guides to help you find images and use Creative Commons licensed media and explore some common myths about copyright.

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Would you consider using creative commons license for your work? and why?

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