Sunday, May 06, 2007

[TIPS] Creative Commons info

Thanks to Wes Fryer, http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2007/05/03/creative-commons-quickstart/, for pointing to this one.

http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7023.pdf *

The Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org) is.. well... here's what it says about itself:
"Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved." "

It might be described as a 'movement' that is encouraging folks to lighten up a bit on the copyright rules that they apply to their work. Of course, in some cases you just wouldn't want to do that. But, there are many, many cases where you just might. I've released several photographs on the creative Commons license. I'd release a lot more, but I didn't think anyone would possibly want them. But, just MAYBE someone might want to use this one, for example: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jgates513/271869116/. The point is, I'm able to apply different, less strict, rules to the use of the photographs that I've posted on Flickr, so a school student could use it in a project without worry that the copyright police would be showing up to bring down the law.

The educause link above points to a nice guide to the Creative Commons. I hope you'll read it and pass it along to all your teacher friends. A school might be wise to focus a faculty meeting or two on the Creative Commons, I believe. I'm SURE that most teachers don't know about it. Is it taught in colleges, now? (I know that someone did talk about it in my last grad class this past week.)

Anyway, it's a nice guide. Share it.

* Tired of waiting for pdf's to load? Check out this tip on how to get them to load faster. http://blogs.msdn.com/jonathanh/archive/2004/12/22/330288.aspx

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