If you are thinking of using externally sourced material (like images, see Thing 10) in any of your online presentations, it’s important to understand the basics of what you can and can’t use. This post won’t/can’t cover it all (governments are grappling with the complexities of online copyright as we speak!), but we’ll look at Creative Commons and how it frees us to share and reuse online.
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organisation that offers a simple, standardised way to give public permission to share and/or use your creative work. CC licenses offer various levels of permissions, from ‘all rights reserved’ to ‘some rights reserved’. CC licenses are now commonly found on photos, blogs (including this blog), published material, teaching resources, music and more.
Let’s take a moment to understand the CC license that this blog has.
Look down in the bottom right hand corner of the page, you will see an area in the sidebar with the Creative Commons logo, and some text describing the nature of the licence.
Use the CC license page to understand the different elements of this licence, and think about whether any of these might be appropriate for any of your work.
In Thing 10, we looked at images in Flickr that were either openly available or available with some rights reserved. If you’re interested in looking beyond Flickr, try the Creative Commons Search Page, which allows you to search for CC-licensed content on Wikimedia, Google Images, Europeana, YouTube, SoundCloud and more.
- If you’ve uploaded images on Flickr, go through the steps of adding a Creative Commons license (you don’t have to retain it or go to the final step if you don’t want to).
- Consider adding a Creative Commons license to your blog or another piece of online work by using the ‘Choose a license’ page.
- If you’re interested in copyright online beyond the basic CC licenses, you can explore endlessly. You might be interested in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the US, which helps control access to online works. The UK Government recently commissioned the Hargreaves Report, which looks at streamlining copyright in a digital age.
- For general copyright information, you may wish to look at Surrey’s pages on Copyright.
- You might also explore issues related to open access, particularly in scholarly communication. For some interesting places to start, take a look at Surrey Research Insight’s blog
Week 7 Blog post
We’ve covered a lot of Things this week, and we hope you can see that far from being more red-tape and hoops for you to jump through, this week’s Things are more about making sure you get proper credit for the work that you do, and maximising your impact.
If you’d like to talk about all three Things together in this blog post, feel free. Perhaps you still have concerns about sharing your research online at all? Or feel that one of the sharing routes is more appropriate than the other for research?
Alternatively, you could talk about just one Thing. Perhaps you found one of the tasks quite challenging, or have been particularly moved by one of the Things that we’ve talked about. If you’ve read around the Things this week, you should have found that some people are extraordinarily passionate about these issues.
As we’ve talked about CC licenses, we’d like you to find an appropriately licensed image from Flickr (or another media site) that you can include in your post. Make sure it allows sharing! If you’re logged into Flickr, you can use the ‘Share’ button to grab the photo for your blog directly. Otherwise, you can either download and then upload to your blog, or grab the html or link for embedding.
Don’t forget to tag your post Thing 15, Thing 16, Thing 17.