How to Commit a Legal Rip-off: Creative Commons


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In order to not be plagiarizing materials, we need to ensure adequate copyright release and attribution for resources we use inside and outside the classroom. This presentation, instead of focusing on copyright issues and limitations, will focus on items placed in whole or in part into the public domain.

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How to Commit a Legal Rip-off: Creative Commons

  1. 1. How to Commit a Legal Rip-off: Creative Commons Anne Arendt
  2. 2. Public Domain <ul><li>Public domain items are available for anyone to use for any purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>Property rights are held by the public at large </li></ul><ul><li>Not controlled or owned by anyone </li></ul>
  3. 3. Public Domain <ul><li>Some examples of Public Domain resources: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. Creative Commons <ul><li>Larry Lessig of Stanford is pursuing something called the Creative Commons which frees materials from automatically applied copyright restrictions by providing free, easy-to-use, flexible licenses for creators to place on their digital materials that permit the originator to grant rights as they see fit (Fitzergerald, 2007; Smith & Casserly, 2006) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Creative Commons <ul><li>A summary video can be found at that explains CC well. </li></ul><ul><li>Other videos, equally good in explain CC, can be found at </li></ul>
  6. 6. Creative Commons <ul><li>Six major licenses of the Creative Commons: </li></ul><ul><li>Attribution (CC-BY) </li></ul><ul><li>Attribution Share Alike (CC-BY-SA) </li></ul><ul><li>Attribution No Derivatives (CC-BY-ND) </li></ul><ul><li>Attribution Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC) </li></ul><ul><li>Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike (CC-BY-NC-SA) </li></ul><ul><li>Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) </li></ul><ul><li>See </li></ul>
  7. 7. Creative Commons <ul><li>There is one last one – CC0 </li></ul><ul><li>No rights reserved </li></ul><ul><li>In contrast to CC’s licenses that allow copyright holders to choose from a range of permissions while retaining their copyright, CC0 empowers yet another choice altogether – the choice to opt out of copyright and the exclusive rights it automatically grants to creators – the “no rights reserved” alternative to our licenses. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 8. Creative Commons <ul><li>Individuals place Creative Commons licenses on individual items. Thus, there is no fool-proof way to search all items with some type of CC release on them. However, there are some good resources to gets you started: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 9. Creative Commons <ul><li>Equally, there are a number of area-specific methods of searching for creative commons released items. </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li> (usage rights section) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. Creative Commons <ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Music & Audio </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 11. CcLearn <ul><li>A development stemming from Creative Commons is ccLearn (July 2007) focused specifically on open learning and open educational resources. It emphasizes diminishing legal, technical, & social barriers. </li></ul><ul><li>A primary goal of ccLearn is to build a comprehensive directory of open educational resources with the assistance of Google with encourages their discovery and subsequent use (Atkins et al., 2007; Bissell, 2007; Brantley, 2007). </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more about ccLearn and the Open Education Community at </li></ul>
  12. 12. ccLearn <ul><li>A good place to find educational resources that are creative commons released, visit one of the below resources: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  13. 13. AESharenet <ul><li>AEShareNet located at permits users to incorporate either instant licenses or mediated licenses. These materials have been developed from the Australian perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>Of the instant licenses users can choose from (a) free for education, (b) unlocked content, (c) share and return, or (d) preserve integrity. </li></ul>
  14. 14. AESharenet <ul><li>The free for education license permits others to use or copy the materials for educational purposes but not others; </li></ul><ul><li>the unlocked content license means the resource may be freely copies, adapted or used by anyone; </li></ul><ul><li>the share and return license can be used and enhanced by anyone but rights must be consolidated with the original copyright owner; and </li></ul><ul><li>preserve integrity says the material may be copied but must remain in its original form with the owners copyright notice (TVET Australia Product Services, 2007). </li></ul>
  15. 15. In Summary <ul><li>“ Among many other forms, one form of rampant lawlessness on the Internet consists of copyright infringement, that is, the unauthorized copying and distribution of material created and owned by others. Given the scope of the problem, a number of movements to mitigate copyright infringement on the Internet have begun. One such movement involves the use of digital tools and legal action to prohibit copyright infringement. Another movement, copyleft, seeks to build a richer public domain and change the assignment of rights from the automatic &quot;all rights reserved&quot; to a more egalitarian version dubbed &quot;some rights reserved.&quot; At the forefront of this second movement is Creative Commons, a web-based intellectual property sharing schema developed by a consortium headed by Professor Lawrence Lessig of Stanford Law School” (Broussard, 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>;col1 </li></ul>