The (Creative) Commons

After assessing the various options for licensing my work through Creative Commons, I decided to add a CC-BY-SA license to my History of Copyright Prezi. I placed the icon and relevant text onto the front page of the Prezi itself, and I also pasted the code obtained from CC into that blog post. I chose these particular options on my CC license because I would like to be given credit for starting the project, I want people to have plenty of freedom to use my presentation however they want, and they should feel free to improve on it (derivatives) or use it commercially. Finally, I want to encourage other people to add to the commons, hence the “Share-Alike” restriction.

Positive Scenario:

Noah decides to utilize my Prezi in part of a group presentation he and some fellows are giving in class. The teacher has specified they can use any online material they find as long as they give credit to the creator of that material, and so Noah is careful to leave my name intact on the presentation even as he modifies it to meet his own needs. Additionally, he notices the creative commons SA license mark and so realizes that he must also share his work on CC.

Negative Scenario:

Hannah is in a bind. It’s lunchtime and she needs to have a presentation about the history of copyright for next period, so she’s in the library frantically trying to find some resources to use. The teacher has stressed that students are supposed to do their own research and compile the materials into some kind of presentation, providing proper attribution for any facts they use. Hannah finds my prezi and decides to remove my name and replace it with her own. She also removes the license mark and related text from the page, afraid that it will give her away since she doesn’t know what it means. In doing these two things she has removed the attribution (BY) and changed the licensing to the default “all rights reserved” (SA). I’m not sure how I would know, but if I were to find out about this, I would probably contact Hannah’s teacher and ask her to have a frank conversation about plagiarism with Hannah, or maybe contact the student directly.

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