C and CC

In searching through the resources provided on copyright laws, I found this link to be the most helpful:


Not only does it link to further places to learn about aspects of copyright, but it also presents the information in a way that is manageable and easy to understand. The most helpful aspect of this article was its breakdown of the six different types of Creative Commons licenses. It also provides a link to source that contains the symbols for each of these types so that they are easily identifiable to those looking to use the work. I think that although Creative Commons licensing is complex, it is the best way for artists to share their work in a way that they are comfortable with because they do not have to adhere to one size fits all restrictions in order to copyright their materials. However, this places a lot more responsibility on the consumers and users of these materials to get educated on copyright laws before starting their work. Given the number of resources provided by this page alone, I would say it’s fairly easy to understand copyright regulations in their most basic sense. When it comes to commercial use, the laws become infinitely more complex. However, for us as educators, we are capable of and should be learning to discern copyright restrictions when it comes to using media in the classroom.

As a side note, one of the most helpful tools provided from the site is this creative commons mixer which allows users to mix, cut and share music that’s licensing makes it available to do so:


As I was interested in learning more about the Creative Commons, I decided to watch the following video:

It gives a brief history of copyright, explaining how originally authors had to apply for copyright restrictions on their work. Legislation in the late 1980’s changed this, so that any work is automatically copyrighted by virtue of its creation. This made it difficult for artists to give the go ahead if they wanted to allow the sharing of their work in certain contexts. Creative commons serves as a way of providing the opportunity to reserve some of their rights to the material, while turning over others to the public. The video gave a clear and succinct presentation of these differences in layman’s terms. I would use present this video in my own classroom to help students understand copyright laws better. I think that using works that are licensed with creative commons is the easiest way to avoid legal issues when using other artist’s materials, as their consent is implied directly as long as restrictions are followed. Copyrighted materials maintain all rights, and therefore permission for use is required from the creator. Creative commons gives artists and users a middle ground to work with. I hope to learn more about copyright laws moving forward so that I may use materials responsibly in the classroom.


2 thoughts on “C and CC

  1. Hi Jessica,
    Thanks for a great post and for finding an easy to understand and helpful resource on copyright laws. As a graduate student especially, I realize that learning about copyright laws are absolutely necessary and useful. I realize this is extremely important because as part of my own research for classes, I download journal articles, and while all of them are copyrighted, I don’t always pay attention to the permissions that I should obtain before downloading. This week’s assignment has been a real eye opener for me. Amber


  2. Hi Jessica,

    You found some great resources that explain copyright and creative commons. The video was very well done. It shows you don’t need fancy graphics to hold interest and enhance a presentation. I was left wondering: do i have to give attribution for such a source or not? They implied attribution was needed, but did not state it plainly enough for me.

    I turned to the text site and found my answer on the first page. I was wondering what the different types of cc license were and I easily found them on the first page. I find a well organized text heavy site easier to search and analyze than a video. A slide show falls somewhere in between.

    When I was search for sound clips at SoundBible.com, I saw that the had public domain, attribution, and copyrighted sounds that cost money. They didn’t really explain what each meant precisely. I just had to poke around to figure out exactly what attribution meant. Your source made it crystal clear to me.

    I never really noticed the cc on web sources before, but will be sure to look for them in the future.Thanks so much for sharing, your post was very helpful.


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