Navigating Creative Commons

This week we started discussing creative commons in our unit and the proper way to credit images.

Creative Commons – cc stickers by Kristina Alexanderson (CC BY 2.0)

I wasn’t totally oblivious to copyright to begin with but I definitely didn’t fully understand how to credit correctly. I feel like we’ve all been guilty of sharing an image from Google or Pinterest without giving credit where credit is due.

Artists/Creatives work hard to create those artworks in the first place, the least we could do is give them the recognition that they deserve (plus it’s the law, so there’s that).

Using images through sites that allow you to share and credit photos gives you the ability to really up-level your content. Especially if you are not naturally blessed with the talent to create them yourself.

Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

Sharing my love of coffee using this awesome image.

I try and use my own images for the most part but it’s not always possible to create something to illustrate your point that enhances your blog post.

Photo by Allie Smith on Unsplash

This photo represents my love of both stationery and rainbow coloured everything…

That’s where creative commons comes in to play; a few resourceful sites for finding great images are Flickr, Unsplash or even the Creative Commons website itself.

It’s also a great way for people to recreate their own version of copyrighted material, such as movies and television shows, and put their own creative spin on it. Case in point…

Photo by Daniel Cheung on Unsplash

So make sure you share the attribution love, don’t leave me hanging with no likes. I hope this helped in some small way and encourages you to credit images going forward.

Photo by Prateek Katyal on Unsplash

If you want to learn more about the different types of creative commons licenses you can check that out here.

As a general rule you would credit the name of the photo, publisher and creative license and link back to the original sources for those 3 things. You can see in my image captions above my examples. Unsplash is slightly different in that they don’t insist upon credit but it is always best practice to give it.

Thanks for coming to my (brief) Ted Talk, have a fabulous day.

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