On this day and age, where everything seems so readily available, images, graphics and digital content are often lifted from the web without people ever looking back on their actions and wondering, “Do I have the right to use this content?”. It seems so easy, even elementary schools teach kids to right-click and add photos to their Powerpoint documents. Without ever mentioning to these kids that the content belongs to someone and educating them about copyright.
Creative Commons? Does that ring a bell? The content you plan on using might be licensed under Creative Commons, but that doesn’t grant you the right to do whatever you want with the content. There are many types of Creative Commons Licenses, did you know that? Some require credit, some don’t. Some allow you to modify the works, others don’t. Public domain is also a source of content, but once again, read the fine print carefully.
To find out more about the types of licenses from Creative Commons, go here —> Creative Commons.org
Here’s a graphic to help you decide if you can use the “stuff” or not, enjoy!