Winner #4 - Creative Commons Swag Contest
Over the past couple of weeks, I've been trying to clear myself of my copyright confusion by trying to learn about how I can become a more skillful user of the Creative Commons licensing. Not only to increase the discoverability and encourage remixing of my content, but also to use the work of others in my own creative mixes. And do so legally and respectfully. And, to set my own content free.
Being a visual learner, what better way is there to learn via pictures? So, I entered the Creative Commons Swag flickr photo contest and have sent in a photo every week. (My all entries here). I got a lesson in why the "By" license is the most flexibilty via Mike Seyfang here, here, and here)
Here's what the judges at Creative Commons had to say:
I think her comment below her photograph “When they grow up, they will understand the power of the “By” license” coupled with the photograph itself communicates our mission more effectively than I would ever be able to with my own words. We are all impressed and inspired by Cambodia4kids.org (Beth’s) entry and thank her for participating and for sharing her photograph.
There are different flavors of Creative Commons licensing (see here) and prior to a few weeks ago I thought "Attribution - No Commercial Use." But Mike Seyfang has pointed out to me that the license is can make it difficult for folks to remix it or to be open source content. That's why I've switched now to the Atribution or "by" license on my blog and switched as the default on flickr. I want to encourage remixes and discovering. Perhaps my children, digital natives, will understand the power of the "by" licensing and not fear the words copyright.
- So, have you thought about what creative commons license you use and why?
- What is your intent? Remix, make money, keep you content protected or set it free?
The real prize for me is the opportunity to discuss the above question. Oh yes, I get Larry Lessig's my answering machine, and if we win the grand prize this photo will appear on a creative commons post card that will be distributed internationally!