Friday, May 28, 2010

The Creative Commons



So today I registered for a Creative Commons license here. Its free. I did this on the encouragement of nobodyouknow hereShe said that she had found copies of her works on other blogs and they hadn't even bother to attribute it back to her! Imagine! If I had found my creative genius(WHAT? This is my blog so I be conceited all I want. Hehehehe!!!) somewhere without my permission and no attribute back to me I'd flip!!! So she applied for a Creative Commons license so that at least she can be attributed to next time.

So after a lot of internal debate - I wasn't sure that I wanted to license my work because it might prevent people from reposting it at all - I decided to get one for my blog. While I haven't done a search for copies of my work anywhere, it's better safe than sorry, right?  But the license, which now resides at the bottom of each post, still allows you to copy my work to your blogs(I encourage it), websites and anywhere else you feel like but makes it a illegal to do so without attributing it to me and this blog.

Anyway at the end of the registration I was given a form to support the organisation by donating what ever I can. Unfortunately I don't have a Visa, or any credit card for that matter, so I couldn't push a few dollars their way. But as I thought of their noble initiative protecting lowly bloggers like myself I decided to support them by doing this post about them(All information here is available on the Creative Commons website)


What is CC?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization

We work to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.

CC provides free, easy-to-use legal tools

Our tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. The Creative Commons licenses enable people to easily change their copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”
Some Rights Reserved
Creative Commons defines the spectrum of possibilities between full copyright and the public domain. From all rights reserved to no rights reserved. Our licenses help you keep your copyright while allowing certain uses of your work — a “some rights reserved” copyright.




So what are you waiting for? Go check the website out! If you have a blog or work online consider getting it licensed! Its FREE! I'm hoping this post will do in terms of support 'till I can afford to support them monetarily because they do great things. Btw the is this copying people work thing common? Or am I and nobodyouknow just being paranoid? Let me know in the comments! Peace!

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for this. Maybe something that I and maybe also @Wamathai may consider.

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  2. You should because I protects from people just stealing your work without preventing people from using it. You get?

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  3. :) I think everyone should get one. My creative work and my thoughts are still a part of ME, so it seems only right that it's attributed to me. I agree with you that people should still feel free to re-post wherever though :)

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  4. yuup! I personally want to recognized for my post! Some of them took a lot of research!

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  5. i have protected my work through the license, its very very important to do so, i've come to fond out.

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  6. As have I, but some how still my work ended up on in the nation's zuqka. SMH! Thanks for commenting!

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