Is Creative Commons Your Copyright Solution?

Posted on September 26th, 2016

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creative-commonsKatie Thompson is a Solicitor at Mullane & Lindsay in Newcastle and specialises in commercial dispute resolution & litigation, and employment law.

Creative Commons is a worldwide initiative that aims to make copyright material more accessible and negotiable in the digital environment. It is designed to provide an alternative model for managing copyright of digital content by allowing people to give permission to others to use their work, so long as it is attributed to them. In some circumstances, Creative Commons can provide an effective and simple way to share and collaborate with digital content and this could potentially help you to develop a social profile, build publicity and enhance the commercialized version of your content.

There are different types of Creative Commons licences and creators can mix-and-match the licencing restrictions that they would like to apply to their work.

Some of the different licence terms that creators and users of digital content should be aware of are:-

  1. Attribution: this requires someone using your digital work to give you credit.
  2. Share-alike: this requires someone who is remixing, transforming or building upon your work to distribute their contribution under the same licence as the original work.
  3. Non-commercial: prohibits someone from using your work for commercial purposes.
  4. No derivatives: prohibits someone from distributing modified versions of your work.

Creative Commons is becoming an important consideration in copyright management and distribution strategies. If you create digital content, or use digital content of others, it is becoming essential that you understand the Creative Commons licencing system and receive advice about how the licencing system can be used to benefit you.

Katie Thompson is a Solicitor at Mullane & Lindsay, and practises extensively in Commercial and other Litigation and Employment Law. If you require any assistance in these areas please contact Katie Thompson or contact our Newcastle office. 

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