Creative CommonsBy Mike Joubert 2 July 2009 | Categories: feature articles
In the past there was a small group of people that monopolised the primary channels that information was distributed through. The people in charge of the newspapers, television channels, movie production houses and record companies had the power to decide what was broadcasted and when.
This power is quickly becoming diluted, as it is far easier now for anyone with a PC to become a content producer. Thanks to the Internet these producers have new and varied platforms on which to publish and distribute their content. Web services, such as YouTube, Flickr, Blogger and MySpace, have created channels through which user generated content can be disseminated and freely consumed. These services really do point the way forward to a new kind of publishing.
© too Restrictive
What CC offers
There are 6 types of licenses available which can be viewed at http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses. The
licenses available allow for commercial use of your work or
restrict it. They allow for any form of modification to your work by third parties and the terms under which such modifications can be made. It may sound complicated but it is really as simple as going to creativecommons.org/license/ and answering a few questions to see which license suits your needs. One of the most accommodating licenses is the “Attribution Share Alike” license; this allows anyone to use and build upon or your work, even for commercial purposes, as long as you are credited, and the resulting work is released under the same license.
If you want to learn more about CC or want to find CC
licensed work, check out www.creativecommons.org.
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