Beth Filar Williams
Lynda M. Kellam
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.
This is NOT a presentation about …
• Fair Use or Library Use
This IS a presentation about…
• Creative Commons
– An nonprofit corporation created to assist content
creators in bypassing the restrictions of copyright
– A license you can get for your own work to ensure
that it can be shared (or used by) others.
The thing about copyright …
• Copyright is automatic with the creation of work
in a fixed format and lasts life of creator +70 years
• Copyright = bundle of rights
– create derivative works
– distribute copies
– perform works publicly
– display works publicly
• Almost everything is copyrighted whether the
creator intends it to be or not.
Because copyright is all or nothing…
• Creative Commons allows for “some rights
• The creator gets to decide what those rights
are rather than the law
• Why do this?
– Because protects free exchange of knowledge and
– Gives control back to the creator to say “Yes. Use
How Does It Work?
• Creators can create licenses specific to their
• Creators have several conditions to choose
First Two License Conditions
• Attribution by
– Others may copy, distribute, display, create
derivatives, and perform but only if give credit the
way the creator requests.
• Share Alike
– Others may distribute derivatives under a license
identical to yours.
Last Two License Conditions
– Others may copy, distribute, etc but only for non-
• No Derivative Works
– Others may copy, distribute, etc only verbatim
copies and not derivatives.
To create your license…
• You just need to combine the four conditions in
the ways to suit your needs to create a license.
– Attribution Share Alike
– Attribution No Derivatives
– Attribution Non-Commercial
– Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
– Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
• These are the main licenses. Others are available.
Where do you license your work?
• Why here: