The post “Blogger Beware” that was read and discussed in class is a perfect example illustrating the importance of using Creative Commons media. If bloggers use a copyrighted picture without permission, they can be sued lots of money and find themselves wrapped up in a legal mess. There might be very little chance of a person getting caught, but there still is a possibility. Many of us do not think twice when copying and pasting pictures on a blog, but in a way it is similar to plagiarizing a research paper because you took someone else’s work without giving them the credit. Users of Creative
Commons have a wide variety of music, videos, and pictures to freely and legally use. When using a picture for a blog from Creative Commons, the blogger does not have to worry about the possibility of being fined for violating a copyright law. Google, Wikipedia, and whitehouse.gov are all examples of well-known Creative Commons license users. However, sometimes it can be difficult to find exactly what the blogger is looking for on Creative Commons. For example, if there is a blog for an original recipe, it is easier for the blogger to take his or her own picture of the finished product. Creative
Commons is great for creators as well. It can give other people the right to use, share, and make changes to the creator’s work without the worries of encountering legal issues and violating any copyright laws. Publishing work under a Creative Commons license gives the creator flexibility as well. For example, maybe some people do not mind if others use their work for commercial purposes or make changes to a piece of art work. However, some people do mind. There are six different licenses a creator can choose from.
As a novice blogger, learning about Creative Commons was very helpful. Since I like to blog about new food products and original recipes, I would most likely be taking my own pictures. Even though my pictures might not look professional, over time I can either learn better photography skills or pay someone to take it for me. I would hate to learn that someone is making money off of something I created without my knowledge. In addition, as a user of Creative Commons, I will not have to worry about learning the hard way like the blogger who wrote the post, “Bloggers Beware”. I also learned that it doesn’t matter if you have a disclaimer on your site, did it innocently, link back to the source, using the picture as just a thumbnail, or just simply claim that the picture does not belong to you. If a blogger did any of the things listed previously for copyrighted media, they still can be in trouble and held responsible for their actions. After learning about copyrights for media, it is safer to assume that everything is copyrighted unless noted otherwise. I think that it is important for everyone out there to learn about Creative Commons, not just bloggers.