When you create any content whether it be text, images, video, audio, etc. you automatically own an all rights reserved copyright to that resource, this is to protect your content from unauthorised use.
How many times have you found an online resource you would like to use but you are unsure of the copyright of the resource?
Do you create your own resources and want to share them with others so that they can use them or create further content based on your original work?
Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation that offers easy-to-use legal tools that provide a simple, standardized way to pre-clear copyrights to their creative works. A Creative Commons license sits alongside your automatic copyright allowing you to make subtle modifications to the terms of your copyright from ‘all rights reserved’ to ‘some rights reserved’ and thereby allowing your creativity to be easily shared and reused within the terms you choose. The video below will help to explain this.
If you wish to publish any of your own work under a Creative Commons license you need to consider the conditions you would like to apply to the work being shared .
There are 4 choices you can make (you can choose a combination of these to fit your needs).
Attribution – You let people copy, distribute, display, perform, and remix your copyrighted work, as long as they give you credit the way you request. All CC licenses contain this property.
Non-Commercial – You let people copy, distribute, display, perform and remix your work for non-commercial purposes only. If they want to use your work for commercial purposes, they must contact you for permission.
Share Alike – You let people create remixes and derivative works based on your creative work, as long as they only distribute them under the same Creative Commons license that your original work was published under.
No Derivative Works – You let people copy, distribute, display and perform only verbatim copies of your work (not make derivative works based on it). If they want to alter, transform, build upon, or remix your work, they must contact you for permission.
Many people share their work under Creative Commons licenses and use the ‘license chooser’ to create their license.
For further information go to the UK Creative Commons website or to search for Creative Commons licensed resources try their search tool.