Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Keepin It Legal: Intro to Copyright and Creative Commons" (Michelle Lentz)

Needed to find images she could use legally and not steal many times have I been there before?

What do you need for your training?

Getting yourself some licensed, stock photography is a must. You CANNOT go out to and just lift images willy-nilly. (Hmm...what if you're a not-for-profit?)

Your work is copyrighted as soon as you create it on paper or PC. More on Copyright legality on and This change in litigation happened in the late 80's. Your work is copyrighted whether the "Big C" makes its appearance or not. Question becomes, though, how do you know what's owned anymore?

Answer: CC - Creative Commons

Creative Commons is your best friend!

There are six Creative Commons licenses:
1.) Attribution - You can do whatever you want to the work, so long as you give attribution back to the original artist/course.
2.) Attribution-No Derivatives - You can use the piece as is, so long as you give attribution back to the original artist/course.
3.) Attribution-Share Alike - Must be shared under the same license as the originator (?)
4.) Attribution-NonCommercial - You may not use the work for commercial (selling) purposes.
5.) Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derviatives - May not sell, must use in original form.
6.) (Missed this one...)

If you're unsure, contact the copyright holder for permission. Search for works under a more permissive license (the more permissive, the less trouble). Works cannot be primarily intended for commercial gain...notice: primarily intended. This is open for debate (Fair Use Rule) - If your use of it affects the original copyright holder's ability to gain profit from their work, you are in violation. Study on this at

Speaker's personal feeling: If you're using the product for internal purpose, with no profitability, then you should be able to use it.

Discussed the conundrum of being a not-for-profit, teaching hospital that is viewed as an educational institution. For the most part, pretty much all of our use within our own walls should be just fine, so long as no personal gain is made. Got into more and more common sense copyright, are pics posted to Flickr public domain (and other things like that)? Pretty commonplace stuff...but definitely a good review. - Public domain works that museums, libraries, etc. don't know where they're from. Nice source!

All in all, a good presentation on a confusing topic. Definitely some solid takeaways here...

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