Way back when, research meant going to the library, finding something in a book, and indicating what book you found the information in when you created your bibliography. The internet has brought a significant amount of grey area to the world of citations and bibliographies. Students need to understand how to distinguish relevant, reliable material from the wasteland of trash that otherwise litters the internet. How do you cite a tweet, or other social media post? Is that considered ‘reliable’? And when it comes to sharing that information – especially on the internet- things get even hairier.
Enter Creative Commons. (And thank goodness). The Creative Commons licenses allow any internet user to easily understand how they can (and can not) share what they find on the web. The licenses are visual, and if you aren’t sure of what you see on the work you’d like to use, you can refer back to the CC website to see. The handy infographic below gives a pretty thorough overview of the licenses and what they mean. Whether you have a personal blog, a class blog, or your students want to use a photo they’ve found in a presentation, this guide will be super handy!
- More than 90% of CC photos on the web are not attributed
- More then 99% of CC photos on the web are not attributed properly!
- ALL CC licenses allow you to: copy the work, distribute it, display it publicly, make it digital, and shift it verbatim into another digital form (eg: pdf to jpg)
- ALL CC licenses: Apply worldwide, last for the duration of the copyright, are non revocable, and are not exclusive
- There are conditions that may be applied beyond that. For example, some say: You must attribute the work, you may not make money off the work, you may not make a derivative of the work, or you may distribute derivative works only under the same license as the original work
- It is preferable to place your attribution below the photo (for photos), or at the bottom of a blog post (if you’re sharing online).