To share, or not to share…that seems to be the question. I have encountered a number of lecturers / teachers who are extremely ‘protective’ of their work; I am not referring to their research or articles for publication, but rather to their notes, slides, images, activities or other resources they have developed for their students. Perhaps one of the reasons academics may be reluctant to share their work, especially in a digital space, is based on a lack of understanding of the rules that apply for protecting material that is either created, or made available, online.
Creative Commons licenses allow us to connect and share with others while still being able to exercise control over how this sharing can take place. Creative Commons is not the opposite of Copyright; it does not create a ‘free-for-all’ situation where ‘anything goes’ – instead it allows us to share our work with others while still being acknowledged as the originator of the work. It also allows us access to a wealth of ideas expressed by others that we can use to enhance our own work. There are a range of CC licenses that allow you to select the ‘degree of sharing’ that best suits you.
It’s really all about creativity and connection, access and control; Creative Commons offers us a bridge, a safe passage to a world of collaboration and sharing – “we have to move away from thinking about content to thinking about community” (2008).
Please watch: A Shared Culture (2008).
Director: Jesse Dylan
Producers: Michelle Meier and Priscilla Cohen