Blogger’s Guide to Creative Commons: In Pictures
Bloggers are inevitably obsessed with the topic of creative commons, and if they aren’t yet, they will be soon. Why? Well, if you have ever seen the cost of subscriptions for stock photo sights, you wouldn’t have to ask that question. They are expensive, often offer nothing special and in general don’t cut it for most casual bloggers that don’t want to spend cash on what is essentially a place for their thoughts.
Using public domain or CC licensed content is the perfect way around that. You can use photos and videos as you like, not worrying about the cost or being sued for copyright. Which is ever bloggers wost nightmare, thanks to the many horror stories we are subjected to on the web.
Creative commons laws can be complex and difficult to understand, however. If you find yourself confused, you will probably remain so. Even experts and lawyers are not always certain of the application of copyright law. But these comics might help you to at least get the basics.
Friendly and helpful Nerson want’s to answer your questions about creative commons, such as whether or not you can use his comics on your blog. He goes through the different elements of the licensing basics, telling you about the different types and how to use them. It is long and text heavy, but endearing and well explained. Probably the best comic I have found on the topic, and definitely the most descriptive.
2. How It Works
Want something more simple and explaining the steps to getting a creative commons license for your own work? Let Anita show you show. Her new friend Ignacio will also show you how such things can be used, and how they should not be used. It is all a cute little Paint comic that tells you exactly what you need to know.
3. CC Infographic
This one isn’t exactly a comic, but an infographic. It breaks everything down in an easy to understand, well researched strip that you can share with others or keep as a quick reference. It even has some helpful and interesting information on the statistic use of CC content, the percentage covered by laws, how many were available at the time of it’s creation and more.
Further reading and resources:
- Dirjournal directory: Understanding Image Copyrights and Creative Commons
- SEosmarty: 15 Cartoonists That Allow Using Their Web Comics for Free
- TekSocial: Flickr creative commons
Do you know of any good creative commons infographics or comics that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments.
Thanks for pointing to these references; I really liked Nerdson’s comic.
Just wanted to point out that the images for (1) and (3) are switched in your post.