Copyright: Can I Use Your Stuff?

I get many emails asking if visitors are allowed to use the things they see on my website.  Yes, yes, YES!  That's why I put it up on the web!  ;-)  Did you know that anything you create is eligible to be licensed under a Creative Commons license?  Check out the links below to discover what this means.  All you need to decide is HOW YOU want to license your work! 

Creative Commons License

Materials created by Jessica Meacham are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.  Click on the image above to see how I license the work I add to my site.  Because I have a "visitor's share" section on my site, all works included on the Visitor's Share page (as well as other areas where visitor share ideas/documents are hosted) fall within this copyright license (not created by Jessica Meacham, though, but created by the author indicated).

What does this mean exactly? 

Here's what you CAN do:

  • View, download, print, and use any materials on the site.

  • Adapt, change, modify, reconstruct, remix, etc any materials on the site for your personal use.

  • Share materials on the site as they are with anyone at your school or via email, website, Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, and other WEB 2.0/social networking sites.  When you do this, it is best to credit the original author.

  • Share materials that you have adapted, changed, modified, reconstructed, remixed, etc with anyone at your school or via email, website, Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, and other WEB 2.0/social networking sites.  When you do this, it is best to credit the original author (i.e. "adapted from the work of ________").  In other words, Share & Share Alike! =]

Here's what you CAN'T do:

  • Use materials created by Jessica Meacham or authors featured on the Visitor's Share page (or other areas of the site, where visitor share ideas/documents/materials are hosted) in a for-profit publication whether it be a downloadable document, podcast, book, presentation, or any other format created for the intent of earning money, without permission (you must contact the original author if you wish to include something in a for-profit publication).

  • Use materials created by Jessica Meacham or other authors featured on the site as is and refuse to share with colleagues.  In other words, Share & Share Alike! =]

  • Alter, adapt, change, modify, reconstruct, remix, etc materials created by Jessica Meacham or other authors featured on the site and refuse to share with colleagues.  In other words, Share & Share Alike! =]

Videos, Slide Shows, and Articles about Creative Commons:

Creative Commons Kiwi

Become More Open

Building on the Past: How Creative Commons Works

Why Creative Commons? PODCAST

YouTube's Copyright Center

 Creative Commons in the Classroom Ebook

Founder of Creative Commons Video Interview

Taking the Mystery out of Copyright

THIS GUY gets it! - - "Pay it Forward"

Think Before You Post Online

What Do You Have to Lose? 

A Shared Culture

Sharing: The Moral Imperative

Wanna Work Together? 

Sharing Creative Works Illustrated Primer

Creative Commons in the Classroom

Creative Commons Collaboration Blogpost

Google Goes CC

What Every Educator Needs to Know

Building on the Past

Choose a CC License for Your Own Work

STARTING POINT: CC Tools and Resources for Media Projects