Why is it important to use Creative Commons media? How might a blogger take advantage of Creative Commons as both a user and a creator?
Creative Commons is dedicated to legally allowing users to share media with proper attribution. It serves a function similar to copyright laws and allows authors of creative works to license media for distribution. This media includes images, music, video, animation, etc. Unfortunately, many users of digital media unwittingly use works that may have copyright restrictions. These users risk copyright infringement if they don’t have the proper attribution for some work. For example, a blogger looking for a Google image to use in her blog risks repercussions if the source is not given credit for the work. Unfortunately, even a disclaimer for fair use may not be enough to avoid infringement. This can lead to a lengthy lawsuit as well as some hefty fines. Thus, it is extremely important to abide by Creative Commons licensing rules whenever using or sharing another’s work.
Creators of media also have an advantage of abiding by Creative Common regulations. They can make sure their work is recognized and given due credit if another uses their work. Thus, creators of original media can rest assured that their works are supported legally. Anyone who does not abide by the restrictions and regulations as dictated by the creator of a work may be subject to copyright laws. In a court of law it is likely the author’s stance on an infringement issue would hold over a user’s.