Creative Commons Liscenses: Beneficial or Unnecessary?

kajfCreative Commons can be extremely useful if used in the correct field or industry. Creating a creative common license on property belonging to you allows for you to possess the original piece, but also allows others to modify your work for their own purposes. While in industries like music, art, blogging and photography, creative commons licenses help to continually improve one’s works. The findings or creations of one individual can basically jump start another person’s mind into creating another product that’s similar, yet unique in its own way.

In the last few years my roommate and I have been creating small videos from deer hunts, snowmobile trips, and other outdoor activities we enjoy. Editing the raw footage into content that keeps people interested is a very difficult task. Tac tics we use to basically spice up our films are adding music, various camera angles, and keeping the story of event moving forward. To do this however, we need to be aware of the music we use in our videos. Using copyrighted songs in videos and claiming all data as your own is highly prohibited on websites like YouTube. To avoid copyright infringement, we have been switching our music to songs/tunes that are available for purchase online. This way we can use the music and claim it as our own products through the means of the creative commons licenses the musicians originally placed on their work. By allowing others to both use their work, and slightly alter their work if need be for another cause, the original music composers are allowing others to follow their own paths with very important tools. Using music in our hunting and snowmobiling films keep viewers interested and provide an enjoyable experience. Likewise, because there is no copyright infringement in our videos, we don’t have to worry about getting in trouble ourselves. ald

Also on the other hand, our hunting group and “tv show”, BuckRammerz, should probably look into creating some sort of copyright or creative commons license, ourselves. While my original thought for protecting our works would be a simply copyright to have any and all legal rights over our products, an Attribution Non-Commercial creative commons license may be appropriate too. An Attribution Non-Commercial creative commons law is described as an instance where “The user needs to credit the creator; the work may only be used for free for non-commercial purposes; however, the creator, is free to make other arrangements for people who want to use the work commercially” according to creativecommons.org. We want all ownership over our designs and videos yet we would also be willing to allow others to share our works in return for greater popularity. While this would probably work just fine, I still feel it would be in our best interest to pursue a legal copyright for our logo, online pages, and video content. This would then allow us to have total rights and would forbid the claiming of any of our products without our own consent. With the rapidly growing popularity of social media and the ease of access a person can have to another’s work, I feel it is extremely important today to make sure people are protecting their works. Who knows, any person’s ideas, when used through the right state of mind, can provide bountiful benefits to the person who correctly displays and protects it.

Images:

http://guides.nyu.edu/content.php?pid=375551&sid=3076120

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_YouTube

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3 Comments

  1. Drew,
    I can really see the benefit that Creative Commons would have on your hunting show. If you are working hard on your show, that is even more reason to protect it. Good job on this blog post.

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  2. I liked the application of these policies and licenses to your own videos. I agree with the above comment, it’s clear you know the difference between CC and Copyrights well enough to write very clearly about them.

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  3. Another excellent post Drew! You’ve demonstrated, with some very good content, you understand Creative Commons vs. Copyrights.

    I would highly suggest developing a Creative Commons License for your show — based on concept and any other idea/image/logo/brand etc. that you can.

    As you noted, and I understand from being a marketing manager and business owner that produces my own materials, it is hard work. But enjoyable otherwise you and your roommate wouldn’t be doing it.

    So, license what you can — protect your creativeness.

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