go ahead, take my creativity but also share yours with others

MAIN BLOG POST: WEEK 10

Following week 10 tutorial’s exercise, explain why you chose the Creative Commons license that you added to your blog and discuss the relevance (or not) of adding the license.

In this info-communication technological world, time as we know it, has become further saturated than before. There is lesser time for us to produce content that are completely original and soon we are obsolete. Creative Commons license allows like-minded people to open up their works to the ‘Commons’, the community pool where creatives can be reused to be shared, reused to be improved on and reused to be remixed.

I chose to add a Creative Commons license as an indicator that I’m part of the community of people who believe that there should be ‘more access to creative works’ (Garcelon: 2009, 1310) in the public domain such like the world wide web. Having the license on my blog, it has self serving interests as well; to get my brand out when people search on Creative Commons- oriented search engine like Google or Yahoo (Bailey: 2009). Having the license, my blog will receive more attention when people search for content that they can share, use and build upon. As a student, I would also want to tap into the community that is present on the web that is relevant to my field of study, thus people that search for materials that I post on net communications might discuss and share ideas with me as well.

The Creative Commons license i chose was the Attribution- Non Commercial – Share Alike license.

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. (Creative Commons)

As the world wide web is not a tangible domain, laws, regulations and copyright rules that apply to this domain are not clear. Adding this license, I had the intention to present clear copyright rules to users on the web. By clearly stating the rules, I also hope that other users would use my content, remix, tweak and build upon it so that my work can reach its fullest potential, increasing the chance that my blog”s content would be quoted. As a student and sustaining this blog for academic purposes, I would therefore not choose a license that protects the work for commercial purposes as the main goal of the blog is to share, exchange and discuss ideas from the course curriculum. I wish that my work, if used or remixed, be credited to me and the new product also be credited the same way as mine hence i chose the Share Alike license. I wish that if my work was to be remixed, the new product with my original work embedded in it be free for the online community to share, remix and tweak to preserve the original intention and integrity of it. Share Alike feature of the license, I feel, can help sustain that aspect of my work.

Overall i find that Creative Commons has led to more creativity and more resources on the Internet than ever before. As a graphic designer, having access to Flickr’s Creative Commons content really opens up a broader potential in my designs as it would save time and even resources for me to access to certain images. In the instance of music and videos as well, it is beneficial and crucial for the sustenance of the remixing culture.

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Reference

1.Bailey. Jonathan, (2009), Blog Herald, ‘ 5 Lesser Known Benefits to Creative Commons’, <http://www.blogherald.com/2009/01/05/5-lesser-known-benefits-to-creative-commons/&gt;, Accessed on 4 June 2011.

2. Creative Commons (2011), <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/&gt;, Accessed on 4 June 2011.

3. Garcelon, M. (2009) An Information Commons? Creative Commons and Public Access to Cultural Creations’ New Media & Society, 11(8): 1307–1326.

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