CCC: Anatomy of a Creative Commons license

The third assignment in the Creative Commons certificate course focuses on the basics of the licenses. For each assignment, I have also been experimenting with different ways to explain and depict the content, such as a timeline and a sliderDING presentation. This week, I’m using a range of h5p content types.

There are six components to this assignment.

#1: What are the three layers of the CC licenses?

#2: What are the four license elements and their corresponding icons?

#3: What are the six Creative Commons licenses?

#4: License restrictions

#5: How do CC licenses affect exceptions and limitations to copyright ?

An exception and limitation to copyright is fair use, which is not the same as the Creative Commons licenses. Fair use was designed to allow the public to not be restricted by copyright. Fair use is often used by educators when they use copyrighted materials for instructional purposes only with students in their class/es. CC licenses were not developed to “reduce, limit, or restrict any rights under exceptions and limitations to copyright, such as fair use….” (source)

#6: How do the CC licenses affect works in the public domain?

Creators can opt to put their works directly in the public domain. If they chose to do so, they can apply the CC0 license. This license holds no copyright and carries a ‘no rights reserved’ approach. There are a number of caveats to the use of this license, such as the creator’s country of origin, non-competition laws, and other intellectual property concerns (trademarks and patents), among others. Works that are already in the public domain, such as Beethoven’s compositions, would not be CC0 licensed as intellectual property rights no longer apply.

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