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Research guide for Sue Mach's most excellent WR-265 Digital Storytelling class.

What is Creative Commons?

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Creative Commons (CC) is a type of copyright license that, instead of all rights reserved, is some rights reserved. CC licenses enable works to be shared, remixed, reused, and improved upon – all without having to get permission from copyright holders. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created (

Randell, John. "Creative commons.jpg." Wikimedia Commons, Accessed 3 Feb. 2017.

Why should I use Creative Commons sources?

Because you have permission to use it.

Creative Commons (CC) information is shared with the world with the intent that you reuse it, change it up, and share it again. Just give credit where credit is due!

Because copyright law doesn't let you claim other people's work as your own.

Did you know you can get fined up anywhere from $750 to $150,000 for violating copyright? For each violation?! Yeah, you can. So cover your bases and use information legally. Using CC materials makes it easy to be on the right side of the law.

Because at Clackamas Community College, you are expected to use information ethically.

Using information ethically is part of academic honesty, which is what you agree to when you enroll as a student at Clackamas. (It's in your Student Handbook.) Using CC materials makes it easy to be ethical.

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