Saturday, 2 February 2013

Creative Commons - To Be, or Not To Be?

Copyright © Creative Commons
Quick question for all your lovelies out there in the blogoverse - Creative Commons, do any of you use it? If so, what advantages are there in doing so? And is it worth signing up for?

I'm tempted, but not sure if I like what I read on their website. Any thoughts?

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  1. I would also like to hear thoughts about Creative Commons; I was just getting ready to post something similar.

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  2. I license all the content on my blogs under CC. It wouldn't really stop people from stealing my stuff if they want to, but that's not why I do it anyway. I just like the idea of inviting people to yes, go ahead and do what they want with my photos or posts. Credit me, let me know about it - I want to see it. I upload stock at deviantArt and it's very cool to see what people do with it.
    I use a attribution, noncommercial and share-alike license. Share alike because sharing helps creativity in my opinion. Let people remix your stuff and watch what evolves from it.

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    1. You're very brave, is all I can say.

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  3. Wow Jedediah you ARE brave.....I hate it when people steal my stuff and I'm reluctant to allow people to do it even licensed under CC.

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  4. Great. I wrote a long comment and it looks like Blogger ate it. Argh. So excuse me if this is a double post.

    I don't know about brave. I just think it is great if something I wrote or a photo I took doesn't stop where I put it, but evolves into something new. People have made awesome stuff with my stock and someone used a blogpost of mine (a letter to Antigone) in a theater course she was teaching. How cool is that?

    People who want to steal your stuff will do so with out without CC. I don't see it as a tool to prevent theft, but as a tool to promote creativity. Look at Flickr and all the photos posted there under a CC license. Need to illustrate a blog post? Need a reference for a drawing? Need some material for a photo manip? It's all there. Not to mention Wikipedia.

    Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow pretty much sums up how I feel about the topic. It's a book about people who mash together movies, music and art to create new stuff from it. I highly recommend it. You can download it from Doctorow's website for free under a CC license, like all his books. This has enabled fans to create translations into a multitude of languages and to make e-books in various formats. Doctorow is a great example of why CC is awesome and he has written about his motivations to use it for his work lots of times, for example here or here

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  5. OMG! I feel like a dinosaur. LOL! Sorry, can't help you there. THis is the first time I hear of this :(

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    1. I shall be the perfect gentleman and not pass comment ;)

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