Welcome to Week 5! We’re over halfway through the programme so well done for getting this far! This week we’re looking at Using Free Things, but Legally.

In Thing 11 and Thing 12 we introduced you to sharing your own content through different channels. Once something is posted on the internet, it is out there in the public sphere and you often don’t really have much control over it anymore. So how do you protect your rights to your own work? While most content *should* default to ‘all rights reserved’, the internet can be a bit hazy about what that really means in practice so to really push home how you want your content to be used and worked with, if at all, you can always attach a Creative Commons licence to it.

What is Creative Commons? Well check out this video where we explain it as simply as possible.

Video transcript

So, as you will have seen, CC licences not only protect you and your work but also allow you to collaborate with others, as well as reusing content safely in your own work. Pretty neat right?

Plus, CC licences are not just confined to what you post online: many funders require research to be published under certain CC licences, often using the CC BY option. If you upload any research or data into repositories, you will also often have an option to allocate a certain CC licence to it so it is clear what it can and cannot be used for.

Thing 13 activity

Blog your thoughts about the Creative Commons licencing system, as well as any pros or cons you can see with it as a concept

Thing 13 learning outcomes

You should be able to understand the concept behind the Creative Commons licencing approach

You should be able to understand and reflect on good internet citizenship practice, including your own

You should have reflected on Thing 13 through blogging

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