[cc-community] RE: When non-CC content is posted on a CC-site (without, permission) (ask wappling)
ryan_mcgregor at shaw.ca
Wed Feb 16 13:33:19 EST 2005
>Hello CC list.
>I have joined this list to discuss something I think should be brought up
>somewhere (perhaps in a FAQ of sorts) on the CC website. This seems a good
>a place as any. :)
>Creative Commons makes it easy to choose a license that suits ones needs,
>and is simple for other people to understand. So far, great. I would use
>it myself if I had a website where I created all the content and could
>decide the license for everything, however, my website posts third
>party material, such as photographs and other content from contributors.
>We get permission to post this naturally, and have a copyright notice on
>our website that if anyone needs to re-post anything they should contact
>us for permission (we can then put them in touch with the copyright
>holders of the images/games/etc).
>Makes sense right? Since we don't own the copyright of the images posted
>(but have permission) we can't put a new type of copyright on the images,
>such as the creative commons one. With me so far?
>Far too often lately, photos from our website, with the large "Copyright
>[name of copyright holder]" text on images for example, has been re-posted
>on Creative Commons websites, without the authors of said websites having
>made the slightest attempt to contact us or the copyright holder for
>While I'm quite used to blogs misunderstanding what copyright means and
>believing in all sincerity that all photos on the web are free for the
>taking, I feel things like this dilute the quite honorable attempt of
>the creative commons to simplify copyright for the common man, and it
>ruins the trusted "brand" name when it's users are still clueless when it
>comes to copyright.
>Shouldn't there be instructions somewhere for the users of the CC logo and
>licenses explaining that, naturally, by using the license the content they
>post under the license has to be cleared to posted under that license -
>ie; not stolen off other websites.
>If I had posted the images under the CC license this wouldn't even be an
>issue, but we didn't, so CC license users can't either. I think is
>obvious, but since I'm having to let a blog a week (on average) know that
>reposting images from our website onto theirs under the CC license is
>wrong, I'm obviously in the minority.
>I'm wondering if the smart folks on this list have any ideas as to what to
>do about this?
You could put a clear message on your homepage stating that images are
not covered under the Creative Commons License, or, directly under every
picture, place the copyright notice and then directly under the
copyright notice, put a message like:
Not governed by CC License
Copying is restricted
Or something along those lines. Hope I've been some help.
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