Think About Your Thinking

The following is a reflection about The (Creative) Commons, which required me to learn about the different types of Creative Commons licensing and to add something we created during this class to the Creative Commons.

What did you find most challenging?

First and foremost, I’m not even sure I did this requirement correctly. I created a Creative Commons license for a GIF that I made during Collection I, but I’m not exactly sure that I actually added it to the “Creative Commons.” I used Giphy to create the GIF, but I can’t find it when I search creative commons. I’ll have to explore this site a little more to see how I know for sure that it’s a creative commons GIF.

The other aspect I found challenging about this requirement was understanding the meaning of all the different types of licensing. I found myself reading and re-reading the description of each license over and over and over, trying to figure out what the heck it actually means.

What questions remain?

I want to figure out how to add some of my personal photos to the creative commons, perhaps on Flickr. This requirement lured me to Flickr and got me thinking that I would like to add my own photos. Is the process similar to what I did with the GIF. That is, going to creativecommons.org?

Why do you think I required it?

I think Chris Lott required this requirement for many reasons. First of all, this requirement forced us to learn every type of Creative Commons licensing because we had to develop two hypothetical situations that involved someone properly and improperly using our item that is protected by a Creative Commons license.

I think Chris also required this requirement because he likely believes that it’s beneficial to society to provide content to Creative Commons. He also probably wanted us to become exposed to the site as well. I wouldn’t say the average person knows about Creative Commons. Heck, the average person doesn’t know much about copyright laws, which is why I thought this was likely the most valuable collection so far in this class.

What advice would you give a student if you could travel into the future and give them advice?

I would tell the student to make something for this class with the intention of using it to create a Creative Commons license. If I had known that, I would have made an infographic or something better than a GIF to use as my Creative Commons license example.

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