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Creative Commons, my new BF4L.

June 3, 2011 1 comment

So I’m going to be perfectly honest with you, Net Comm blog. When I first heard about Creative Commons in lectures and tutorials, I kind of zoned out a little bit. Sure, copyright licenses seemed important to bigger projects like books or movies or songs, but to me, the protection of the work of my little university blog assessment didn’t really seem that important. I kind of brushed the whole concept aside and went back to what I was more comfortable with- topics like social networking, piracy, music distribution and citizen journalism.

Well, Net Communications, look who’s come crawling back. Hey there. I’ve jumped off my high horse, read a little more into it and finally seen the light. Sure, as Week 10’s readings by Garcelon (2009) suggest, although I’ve got automatic intellectual property rights (the right to my own ideas), unless I put a license on what I create, I’m not very protected when it comes to distribution or reproduction. And that unnerved me a little bit. I’m in no way saying what’s written here on this blog is super important- sure, I value my opinion and I’m proud of my work- but in the long run, I can’t imagine anyone’s really going to quote these ramblings in an essay or use a phrase of mine in a song or something. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t protect what I’ve got. Upon thinking about it, I would definitely chuck a tantie if I saw my work uncredited on some random website or in a magazine.

So that’s why I chose to, like pretty much everybody else here on this Net Communications task, embed a Creative Commons license to this blog.

I’ve had a look at all the different choices and decided upon CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 (see above picture!). This means that people are free to share (‘to copy, distribute and transmit the work’). That’s fine by me. Sharing is caring. If one of my posts leads to a greater understanding or awareness of a topic, awesome. Glad I could help out. As well as this, the license allows my work to be remixed. At first I wasn’t thrilled at the idea of this and considered disallowing this one, but upon further consideration, I reminded myself how much I love mashups of quotes from cult movies like ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Harry Potter’. Why not?! I’ve got nothing to lose.

BUT, my work must be attributed back to me. I’ve put solid time and effort into this blog. I don’t care if it sounds selfish, no way is somebody else going to take credit for it. It also must be used for non-commercial purposes, and if you choose to distribute my work it must be under a similar license to my own Creative Commons copyright.

Ahhh. I feel like a weight’s been lifted off my shoulders. Now that my license is protecting my work, I can get back to business 😉