Freedom With CC-BY Licensed Images

So, why do I like the Attribution license best? First, here’s what the license says…

You are free:

  • to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to Remix — to adapt the work
  • to make commercial use of the work

Under the following conditions:

Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

Three reasons for using the liberal Creative Commons –  Attribution (CC-BY) license.

1. You can use beautiful images to make cool posters or use just a portion of someone’s picture. (derivatives allowed)

This is my favorite reason! When I need a picture of the Eiffel Tower or the Coliseum, I don’t have to go there. I have friends all over the world who take photos and share them, entrusting their pictures to people like me! The last time I looked there were over 150 million photos on Flickr alone, of which we have permission to make derivatives.

Daunting Notebook” by Laura Coughlin (lauracoughlin) with CC BY-NC 2.0

2. You can change the license on derivatives. (no share-alike)

Although I can imagine a time when someone might need to do this, my guess is that most people fail to share-alike by accident. Here is a photo I took, and I suspect here and here, where this person kept “All Rights Reserved,” that it was done unintentionally. S/he shared this in the Flickr group Great quotes about Learning and Change, so perhaps s/he doesn’t know how to change permissions. Maybe s/he is new and just learning how to be a digital citizen. Maybe s/he has no idea what Creative Commons are. It would be ridiculous to believe it’s for any nefarious or money-making reason.

Plus, if I had a stricter license, I would feel obligated to complain to a user if he/she didn’t adhere to the license, and I don’t like to complain. If I am anything, I am liberal. Liberal with belief that most of my fellow humans are trying to do their best. Liberal with good will toward others. And liberal with the photos I’ve shared. That’s why even in derivative sharing, I choose the liberal Attribution license.

3. You can make money. (commercial)

I say this tongue-in-cheek, but it’s true. By using images (and sharing them with) the Attribution license, you are receiving (and giving) permission to use images commercially. I’ve never sold anything or benefited financially from using anyone’s images, but others have used some of my images commercially. You know something, it just makes me proud, not upset, jealous or angry. (See image below for some examples.) Maybe someday, a group I’m in will have reason to make a calendar for a fundraiser, and there will be CC images available for us to use.

It’s risky to share pictures with the Attribution only license, but I made the decision to do it because I’m serious about being a contributor. My friends Kris and Laura, whose pictures I used in this post, each share their images with a different license,  but they both gave permission to make derivatives and just asked me to give them credit and I appreciate that!

There are six different Creative Commons license, which are helpful to both the sharer and the user. Here are two simple questions to ask and answer to help you “Choose a License.” I would encourage you to read about each of them here: Creative Commons Licenses.

3 thoughts on “Freedom With CC-BY Licensed Images

  1. Woah.
    This scares me! I think back to all the Keynote or PowerPoint presentations I created over the years… But they’re used only in my classroom. Then I wonder what I chose for my Flickr pictures. I have no clue. I know the Educreations intro to writing I created yesterday didn’t have the photographer’s name on the last picture (the dandelion), but I was finished, and would have to redo the entire thing. I think I’ll go do that now, or else make the presentation private so only I use it!

    Your last two posts are very helpful, Denise! Did those last three pics give credit to you at least?? Ugh. It would make me sick. I’m glad you posted your original picture on the other Flickr site, too!!

    You are the best sharer I know – full of ideas and helpful tips and nudges to the rest of us. Thanks for contributing so very much!!

    What a great start to the school year, eh?!

  2. Joy,
    Thanks so much for the comment. We all have lots of PPTs like that! I think there is a difference between what is “fair use” in the classroom and publishing online.

    I should have made it more clear about those who have used my images. These examples are ones that have told me they were going to, even asking permission, in a Flickr mail message. The editor at Gray Dog Press sent me a copy of the vampire book. I use it to show my students about being a contributor. (I suppose others may have used them without permission, but I wouldn’t know about those!)

    I like to leave a note on people’s pictures when I use one of theirs, with a link to the blog post and a thank you for sharing it with a CC license.

    Thanks for asking questions. I love to share my journey, and I appreciate your sharing your journey as well.

    Warm regards,

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