Friday, October 12, 2007

The Creative Commons: Use 'em, Support 'em

Support CC - 2007Founded in 2001, the Creative Commons continues to have an impact on how we share our creative works. The licenses they have created -- which allow some rights to be retained by the creator, while sharing other rights -- have give us the ability to do what many of us wanted to do all along. As the Creative Commons states:
We use private rights to create public goods: creative works set free for certain uses. Like the free software and open-source movements, our ends are cooperative and community-minded, but our means are voluntary and libertarian. We work to offer creators a best-of-both-worlds way to protect their works while encouraging certain uses of them — to declare “some rights reserved."
Why should you care? It is important that you tell your users what they can do with the materials you are creating as part of your digitization program. There are wonderful examples of terms of use statements around, but we should not forgot that we can also employ a Creative Commons license. The licenses are easy to setup and use. It only take a couple of minutes. Honest...I just created a new license last night and it was painless...and FREE!

{brief public service announcement} If you are already using a Creative Commons license OR using materials that have a Creative Commons license, you might want to further support the Creative Commons organization. The Creative Commons is 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable corporation in the U.S, that relies on donations and grants. They are doing good work and every little bit of financial aid helps them continue the work.

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