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Creative Commons - intellectual property and copyright license options



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 21, 2006 by Teacher Education
Overview: Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that offers free licenses that
provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and
educators.. A Creative Commons license is based on copyright, and the licenses
apply to all works that are protected by copyright law. The kinds of works that
are protected by copyright law are books, websites, blogs, photographs, films,
videos, songs and other audio & visual recordings, for example.
The Creative Commons licenses give creators the ability to dictate how others
may exercise their copyright rights—such as the right of others to copy their
work, make derivative works or adaptations of their work, to distribute their
work and/or make money from their work. They do not give creators the ability to
restrict anything that is otherwise permitted by exceptions or limitations to
copyright—including, importantly, fair use, fair dealing or public domain
works—nor do they give creators the ability to control anything is not protected
by copyright law, such as facts and ideas.

Type of Material: The material is text based. An electronic template is used to create the
necessary links and add content in order to register works. Authors can also
search for content that has allowed copyright permission to use for limited
reasons. The available content includes audio, images, video, text, and lesson
Recommended Uses: This website is recommended for anyone wishing to limit the use or distribution
of their content. The he search feature can be used to find content that
allows use, copying and distribution without asking for specific permission.
This is a good resource for educators who are seeking course related content.

Technical Requirements: There is no technical requirements related to the use of this site.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The major learning goal is to provide developer/creator access to a
copyright deed that can place be placed on websites. This will inform users
the content you created is yours and protected by the copyright selected. The
website specifically states:
"Creative Commons helps you publish your work online while letting others know
exactly what they can and can't do with your work. If you already have a website
loaded with your own work, follow the steps below, otherwise try one of our
guides to publishing your licensed work at a variety of hosting services."

Target Student Population: The population targeted is anyone who is distributing content over the Internet
and would like to add a copyright notification to their website. This can be
useful to students who may be publishing various works electronically or and in
the form of an electronic portfolio.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: There is no prerequisite knowledge or skills required. Simply read the
information and the directions to create the desired copyright notification form
for your site.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The content is easily accessible and clearly organized. The content is written
in a clear and concise manner.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The potential effectiveness for use as a teaching tool is high. This site
provides the opportunity to add a copyright provision to existing and new
content materials. Additionally, the search option finds course related content
that instructors and students can use following the specific guidelines
permitted within the
Concerns: Available content for use is limited.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site is easy to use and access. The search function works well and makes it
easy to locate content.

Other Issues and Comments: This site is well organized and maintained. Much effort has been placed in
creating this site. All of the links work well and use is simplified.

Creative Commons:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States