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Creative Commons Licensing for my employer

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Creative Commons Licensing for my employer

  1. 1. Creative Commons Licensing For Second Source Computer Center
  2. 2. Creative Commons Licensing VS Copyright <ul><li>Copyright: </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright means that the original creator is the one who owns the work, period. While the end user purchases the ability to use the product in a limited way, they are not free to modify, distribute, copy, or otherwise alter the original material, nor may they share it with others. </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons Licensing: </li></ul><ul><li>In creative commons licensing, the end user is free to modify, distribute, copy, or otherwise alter the material, as well as use it as they see fit, so long as those uses are within the boundaries set by the individual who created the material originally. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Examples of Creative Commons Licensing and Copyright <ul><li>Copyrighted materials: </li></ul><ul><li>Much of the software used here is copyrighted. Examples of this are all Microsoft products – All windows operating systems, office software, Internet Explorer, Outlook, Windows Messenger, Encarta, Windows Media Player, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Materials with Creative Commons Licensing: </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the other software used in the store. Some examples of this are products such as Spybot Search & Destroy, Mozilla Firefox, and most Linux distributions. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How this affects Second Source Computer Center <ul><li>Copyrighted materials are an enormous part of the computer industry. Much of the software we use is copyrighted, as well as many of the movies, games, and the music that people want to watch, play, and listen to using their computers. Our responsibility is to not only know the difference between the two, what we can and cannot do with copyrighted materials AND those materials under Creative Commons Licensing, and pass that knowledge on to the customer. We (the store) are equally liable for any misinformation the customer gets from any employee of Second Source, so we must make sure that any information we give out regarding copyright law is correct – even if that means doing research. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What Creative Commons Licensing means for Second Source and its customers <ul><li>Creative Commons Licensing, which applies to some of the software available on the market, means that the end user may use this software within the limitations placed upon the software. Various distributions of Linux, for example, can be modified and the code can be rewritten to better suit the individuals needs, as well as the needs of the computing community. The average end user has little to no knowledge about how to modify this code, however, the permission is there, and if that customer takes it upon his or herself to learn how to modify it for their own or the community’s use, or if an employee modifies it for that same purpose, as long as proper credit is given no legal action will be taken. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Identifying Copyrighted and Creative Commons Licensing Materials <ul><li>Copyrighted materials are identified by this symbol: </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons Licensing Materials usually state on them that they are either public domain, or have a symbol consisting of two capital C’s (CC) </li></ul>

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