Key facts about copyright related to CC
- Copyright occurs automatically with the creation of a creative work and lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years.
- Copyright is a bundle of rights.
- Almost everything is copyrighted whether or not the author intends to keep all of those rights.
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Material adapted from Kleinman, M. (2008, November). The beauty of 'Some Rights Reserved': Introducing Creative Commons to librarians, faculty, and students." College and Research Libraries News, 69 (10): 594-597.
Get Creative Video
Searching for CC materials
- Creative Commons General Search
- Google - limit usage rights after doing a search, in advanced searching
- Firefox Plugin for CC search tool
- MS Word Plug in for CC - allows license info to be embedded in word/excel/ppt
- Flickr creative commons - browse for photos by cc type
- Compfight - search for great images
- Community Indexed Photo Archive - photos from NASA, NOAA,FWS
- Morguefile.com - free images
- Free digital Photos.net - use smaller versions online but must post credit
- CCmixter - community music site, remixes licensed under cc
- Freesound Project- for sounds, not songs
- Podsafe Audio - ranks independent music under cc licensing
- Jamendo - all cc licensed music site
- Free Odd Job Jack - find cartoon characters
- Wikimedia Commons - DB of free media files
- Slideshare -find slideshow presentations
- Our Media - for videos
- Open video project - a shared video collection
- Vimeo Public Domain Videos
- Stock Free Video Footage
- National Park Service B-Roll Videos
- Bottled Video - 100% free footage
Creators choose a set of conditions they wish to apply to their work.
This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.
D This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
s CC BY-NC-ND
This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.
Kleinman, M. (2008). The Beauty of "Some Rights Reserved." C&RL News, 69(10),594-7
Korn, N., & Oppenheim, C. (2006). Creative Commons Licenses in Higher and Further Education: Do We Care? Adriadne, (49).
Wherry, Timothy. (2007). Intellectual Property: Everything the Digital-Age Librarian Needs to Know. Chicago: ALA Editions.
Notess, G. (2009). Finding Free Media. Online, 33(1), 41-3.