Creative Commons

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.

It is in the interest of users of blogs and other digital platforms to apply for Creative Commons licenses. Many of these license requirements have terms of use that may require a user to attribute work to an author and abide by additional restrictions. There are essentially four different types of CC license agreements. Attribution requires users to give credit for a work to an original author as specified by the author. Non-commercial requires any media should be used for non-commercial uses. Share-alike establishes that restrictions for use of works as laid out by the author must not be altered. Lastly, No Derivative Works dictates that only unaltered and original versions of an author’s work may be used. It is to the advantage of users of Creative Commons to abide by these rules, for they can establish credibility as well as avoid consequences from infringement. 

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.




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