Creative Commons Certificate – Assignment 1

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Why does Creative Commons Exist?

Creative Commons, the nonprofit, was founded because its creators “recognized the mismatch between what technology enables and what copyright restricts, and they provided an alternative approach for creators who want to share their work” (“1.1 The Story of Creative Commons” by Creative Commons. CC BY 4.0.

Below is a timeline of mostly United States’ historical events ,which situate copyright law alongside events that arose because of the tensions Lessig and other founders of Creative Commons, identified. Namely, that the internet, with ubiquitous access, the ability to share more quickly and freely, and collaborative ethos made copyright restrictions burdensome to those who wished to share their work at a global scale.

What is Creative Commons (CC)?

Creative Commons is:

What does CC accomplish with its licenses?

CC licensing creates pathways for creators to make their works freely available with and without restrictions depending on the license applied to work. CC licensing also signals a values shift to audiences that their collective knowledge and ownership of work exist within a shared culture (“1.2 Creative Commons Today” ( by Creative Commons. CC BY 4.0).

How many CC-licensed works are available today?

There are over two billion CC-licensed works with the following types of licenses (“About”, Creative Commons)

  • CC0 (e.g. Public domain);
  • CC BY (attributes the creator);
  • CC BY-SA (attributes the creator, adaptations shared under identical terms);
  • CC BY-NC (attributes the author, non-commercial uses permitted);
  • CC BY-NC-SA (attributes the author, non-commercial uses, adaptations shared under identical terms);
  • CC BY-ND (attributes the author, redistribute without changes to content, medium, or format);
  • CC BY-NC-ND (attributes author, non-commercial uses permitted, redistribute without changes to content, medium, or format);

A previous presentation created for an information literacy session in an undergraduate history course where students were contributing to an open education resource and for which they had to select a CC license:

How can you get involved with CC and the Global Network?

If you wish to get involved with Creative Commons or the Creative Commons Global Network users and creators have multiple options:

  • users may choose to exclusively use openly licensed media when creating presentations;
  • users may choose to become creators when modifying openly licensed content;
  • creators may choose to use creative commons licenses to allow others to use and share their work more widely;
  • both users and creators may join a chapter of the CCGN within their country.

Creative Commons License
Creative Commons in Context by Kate Farley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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