Posted by: bluesyemre | December 12, 2019

#CreativeCommons for #Educators and #Librarians


IN 2001, AT A TIME WHEN TEXTS WERE EXPENSIVE AND VIDEO ON THE WEB was a far-off dream, Creative Commons (CC) began as a rejection of the expansion of copyright. In 1998, Congress passed an Act that extended the term of existing copyrights by twenty years in the United States. This 1998 extension was challenged by CC’s founder, Lawrence Lessig, all the way to the Supreme Court, but the Court upheld the Act. In reaction to this decision, a small group of lawyers, academics, and culture activists got together to try to make it easy, simple, and free to share your works on the burgeoning communications platforms of the Internet.

They couldn’t change copyright law, so they hacked it. Our founders created a release valve, built on top of the international laws and treaties that govern copyright. I think it’s fair to say that no one knew just how successful the CC licenses would be, or how much we would need them as we entered a world where every single person could be not only a creator, but also a creator of high-quality, reusable content. The seeds of Creative Commons were planted long before social media, before ubiquitous smartphones and broadband access, and before user-generated content platforms. But these seeds set down an essential root in the open Internet, and offered a powerful tool used by individuals, governments, NGOs, and corporations to create, share, and remix content.

Today, there are more than 1.6 billion CC-licensed works hosted on over 9 million websites—including some of the most popular sites on the web. The CC licenses operate in every country and have been translated into more than 30 languages by communities in more than 85 countries. They have been used to share every type of content, from photos and videos to 3D models and datasets.

The CC license tools are now the global standard for sharing of works for use and reuse. From Wikipedia, to open access to research and journals, to open education, to open data, these license tools are an essential element of a more equitable and accessible knowledge commons. Our goal at Creative Commons is to build a vibrant, usable commons of creativity and knowledge, powered by collaboration and gratitude. By default, copyright applies to all original content, so sharing under a copyright license is always a choice. This means we need to help people understand their options, and how they can use the CC licensing tools to maximum benefit. To do this, we need people all around the world to be experts in using, contributing to, and sharing the commons and the open licensing tools that unlock its full potential.

We know that the best way to help others is to give them the knowledge they need to help themselves. And we know that CC’s greatest power is sharing—of knowledge, of culture, and of understanding across cultures and communities—so for the first time, we literally wrote the book on Creative Commons, and we are sharing it with everyone. Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians is a publication of the CC Certificate course content. The CC Certificate is about investing in people like you: educators, practitioners, creators, open advocates, and activists all over the world. You’re the ones who everyday help people make the choice to share and unleash their content so that everyone can benefit from it. That’s why we created the CC Certificate course, it’s why we’re working with our communities to translate the course content and train new leaders to teach it in local languages, and it’s why we’ve made all the content openly accessible under CC BY—to unlock new uses we haven’t imagined yet. We hope this book will help us get a little closer to that goal, and perhaps help us to grow the global community of experts, and ultimately our collective power, through shared knowledge and culture.

Ryan Merkley
CEO, Creative Commons (2014–2019)

Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians

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