Monday, August 13, 2012

Creative Commons

This post is meant to give you some useful links which will hopefully help you make sense of Creative Commons as a concept and as a tool. Throughout the year we will be exploring both the concept and the tool, so I do not want to overload you with too much information now.

If you are reading this post, that means we have already talked about CC in class, so this post is meant to help you re-examine some main ideas and sites we covered in class. 

First place to start is the Creative Commons website. You can take a look at the mission statement, and begin to understand the various licenses CC offers.

This clip does a nice job of explaining the licenses, you can skip to about 1:14:

Don't worry too much if it all sounds a bit confusing, as I said we will be using Creative Commons throughout the year, as it is a passion of mine, and soon you will have a very clear understanding of why it is important to you both as a consumer of digital media, but also why it will help you as a creator. 

In class, we also spoke about Flickr-- a photo sharing site with a large pool of CC work. I have added the link to the Advanced Search page for easy searching (Please bookmark as you will use this site often), or maybe you want to search by color only, try this. (I have also added all of these tools under that title Flickr Tools in the sidebar for later use) Creative Commons has its own search here, but I find the Flickr search more useful.

Finally, here is the video we watched in class if you want to take another look. It moves quickly and there are some things you may have missed. As you are watch please jot down any ideas or questions that spring to mind.

So what do you think? What does all of this mean to you? What are your thoughts on Creative Commons as a concept? What questions do you still have? If you created media would you license it using CC? Why or why not?

Please take a few minutes to share some ideas in the comments below.

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