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Creativity for the Common Man

April 12, 2012

Yesterday, I attended a meet up on the subject of Creative Commons. This was organised by Jane Hornibrook, Public Lead, Creative Commons, Aotearoa New Zealand

I see Creative Commons as a new approach to how people can use someone else’s intellectual property in a way which promotes sharing but also recognises the person who created the work. This is done by licencing the work under a Creative Commons licence.

Jane Hornibrook, explained at the beginning the six main types of licence used by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand.

1. Attribution  

This licence lets others to pass on your work or to alter it in some way even incorporating it in something of their own. You can even sell the result, as long as you acknowledge the original creator.  This is the least restrictive form of creative commons.  The other forms build in restrictions on what you can do with their work.

2 Attribution-Non commercial

This licence lets others do everything they can do under an attributions licence, but you do not allow them to do so for commercial purposes.

Attribution-Non commercial-No Derivative Works

This licence lets others use your work and distribute it, but they can not change your work in any way.  They must attribute it to you and provide a way for a third party to contact you.

Attribution-Non commercial-Share Alike

Here other users can use and alter your work provided it is not for profit.  They must identify you as the author and any work they create from yours must be licenced in the same way, that is non commercial.

Attribution-No Derivative Works

This licence lets others to copy or circulate your work to third parties, but they must state you are the author and they can not change anything.

Attribution-Share Alike

This licence is much like non commercial share alike but allows commercial uses.

The people attending the meeting came from a wide range of organisations and not all were interested in the application of Creative Commons in the school setting but the discussion introduced lots of new ideas for me.

On my way home, I read Interface November 2011 and thought the material there may have been of more use.

However, Jane followed up the meeting with this list of links to follow.  It will take a while to read them all but here there is a lot of very useful information here.

A way of thinking about attribution. –

Best practice for marking and attributing

A good Australian guide sheet

The Curator’s Code

Creative Commons search tools to use in the classroom. –

 DigitalNZ for NZ content (use the pull-down filters)

Flickr API search tools, like this one from Creative Commons Korea

and music platforms


Freesound for sound effects

The CC Search Tool

Use a Google Advance Search and tweak the ‘usage rights’ filter to crawl the wider web

Professional Development for teachers on copyright and CC. –

See this open course for teachers which anyone can work through, at any time

A video to explain CC to NZ kids and teachers. – CC Kiwi

Sources of Creative Common material
Te Ara (Encyclopedia of NZ) text resources are now CC from Ministry of Culture and Heritage. –

The Koordinates platform is for mapping data, and holds all sorts of layers (Humanities/Geography applicable) –

Te Pataka Matahiko Digistore

Applications of Creative Commons in schools

NZTA Remix competition for schools

Mix and Mash competitions (school categories + school guides)

The OER Movement – (Open Education Resources) the Creative Commons licensing of teaching materials.

The source page for New Zealand schools and Boards of Trustees who want to implement an OER policy. It includes profiles of schools who have done this.

weCreate: Creative Commons for School Leaders

See ‘NZGOAL’, a framework that guides state agencies on how to think about open access and apply Creative Commons. –

NZGOAL (Government Open access and Learning) framework

An explanatory page about OER from Creative Commons –

Edited version of Links from Today’s Creative Commons in Schools Meetup ©2012 Jane Hornibrook;