Creative Commons License

Choosing a Creative Commons License

I decided to apply a Creative Commons license to the very first infographic I made for this course (for Collection 1). I chose a CC-BY-NC license, as evidenced by the logo at the bottom of the infographic.

Writing tips infographic created by the author.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

I chose CC-BY-NC to indicate that I am ok with people using and remixing my work, with attribution. I chose NC to indicate that I don’t want my work used for commercial purposes. I didn’t choose to use SA (Share Alike) because I really don’t mind if people use my work, remix it, and then choose a different CC license for their product. I also didn’t choose the ND option, because I don’t mind if people create derivations based off of my work.

Proper Use of CC-BY-NC

A tutor at a university writing center comes across my infographic on this blog. She is looking for posters to put up in her office, so she prints it off and hangs it on her wall. She also decides that she would like to add the tutoring center’s contact information and personalize the infographic a little bit, so she does (which she is allowed to do since I did not choose an ND license). If students ask about the poster, she makes copies for them and hands it out freely.

Improper Use of CC-BY-NC

A tutor at the same university writing center also comes across this infographic on my blog. He is publishing a short pamphlet of writing tips to sell to teachers and students. He decides to include my infographic in its entirety in his pamphlet and does not attribute me as the creator of the infographic. This is an improper use of my CC-BY-NC license because he didn’t (a) attribute the work to me, and (b) intends to make money off of my product. If I found out about his improper usage, I would contact him and explain the CC-BY-NC license. Since, in this example, my work is being used for educational purposes, I would offer him the license to use the infographic in his pamphlet in exchange for attribution. This article outlines other options that I would have, if I decided I didn’t want him to use my work at all commercially (assuming that it’s clear that his use DOESN’T fall under Fair Use guidelines, of course).