Creative Commons isn’t so much a tool as it is a copyright framework for the sharing economy. The Creative Commons provides a protocol that allows anyone to publish their intellectual property and state, in a much more flexible fashion than traditional copyright law, how others can use their work.
This is the trailer video for the Creative Commons organization:
This video explains how Creative Commons licenses work:
In practical terms, that means we have alternatives to stock photography, for example.
The photography hosting site Flickr has Creative Commons licenses built into the site’s infrastructure. You’ll find the Creative Commons license for photos at Flickr at the bottom right-hand side of a give photograph. By clicking on the rights icons, you’ll get a drop-down menu that indicates how the photographer will allow you to use the image.
In this case, I allow use of my photo for non-commercial purposes as long as I am given attribution as the creator. As you can see from the list, the Creative Commons license allows for very flexible options, from all rights reserved to public domain.
Now anyone can grab the embed code for this photo and include it on their site. Flickr takes care of the attribution by providing a link back to the original photo’s page within the embed code:
The fact that Creative Commons licenses are built into Flickr also means that we can filter searches at Flickr for photos that stipulate the type of license that suits our needs. For this reason, Flickr is a go-to source for photos for bloggers.
6 Popular Sites For Creative Commons Content
Flickr isn’t the only resource that uses Creative Commons. Here are six more sites where you can find Creative Commons-licensed content:
- Creative Commons Search – The Creative Commons organization itself has a newly-revamped search engine.
- Archive.org – The creators of the Wayback Machine host a treasure trove of multimedia content
- Wikimedia – The non-text Wikipedia
- Open Clip Art
- Free Sound – Audio clips of sounds
- Blip.tv – Video sharing site that uses Creative Commons licenses
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