Maybe you were scanning through emails yesterday, or checkings your Facebook news feed, and you found a funny picture that you just had to share with your cyber friends and followers. So you click the picture, save it to your page and pat yourself on the back for finding such a great piece of work! Right?
Without properly citing the photo, you are violating the original creator’s creative commons practices. A creative commons license builds upon the traditional copyright practices. The license lets you dictate how others can use your pieces of work. The creative commons license allows you to keep copyright but also allows others to copy and distribute your work IF they give you proper credit. They do no have to seek permission to share your work as long as they cite that it is, in fact, your work. Creative commons and copyright may have their similarities but the two practices are separate entities. Copyright defines ownership and gives the author rights to financial benefits. It also stops others from using the author’s work without their very specific permission.
In my research on creative commons, I found the Flickr website utilizes various creative commons efforts. Flickr is an online photo and video managment system, which also gives users and opportunity to share their work with others in an organization manner. Flickr gives its users the option to add creative commons licensing to their photostreams. They have four types of creative commons licensures:
3. No Derivative Works – You allow others to copy, distribute, display, perform only verbatim copies of your work. Works based upon yours are not allowed to be copied, distributed, displayed, performed.
Flickr users can utlize any combination of the above licenses to help protect their work and give credit where it is due. It is important to protect your work with creative commons because it is just that – your work!