Copyright and Creative Commons

By Diego Mureno and Chelsea Watts


Just because something pops up in a search engine, doesn't mean its up for grabs. As educators, we should be educated that everything on the internet isn't free, and we should share that knowledge so copyrights aren't violated.

Fair Use

Fair Use has more flexible rules than copyrights. Fair use is made for educational purposes, such as photocopying a textbook for a student. Different educational resources have different copyright laws, so be aware of each resource's copyright laws before distributing.

Common Types of Violations

  • Images
  • Curriculum documents
  • Texts and Quotes
  • Music

Creative Commons

Creative Commons licenses allow people to use your work without asking permission but abiding given guidelines. As long as the user gives credit and the link to the work, doesn't make a profit from the borrowed work, and if used to create anything but lists the same license, there aren't any laws violated.

This helps making sharing resources much easier and safer.

Some websites that use Creative Commons are

  • Jamendo
  • Flickr
  • Kozzi
  • Open Clipart Library
  • Vimeo
  • Curriki
  • Collaborize Classroom Library

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