As in many areas of academic study, the devil is in the detail. In this section we consider a number of interesting but important questions related to Creative Commons licenses. The purpose of this section is for learners to familiarize themselves with credible online sources that can be consulted to find answers regarding the implementation of Creative Commons licensed works.
We will introduce two useful sources: the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Creative Commons web site, and the legal code of the individual licenses. We encourage learners to annotate, share and discuss these resource pages using hypothes.is.
Test your knowledge
Do you know the answers to the following questions:
- Can you revoke a CC license?
- Can you modify the legal text of a CC license? If so under what conditions?
- Can you translate and publish a Creative Commons No-Derivatives (CC-ND) work without prior permission?
- Do all CC licenses allow format shifting?
- Can a user apply technical protection measures to a CC licensed work?
- Can a rights holder apply a more restrictive CC license to a work at a later date?
- Can a rights holder of a CC licensed work remove the attribution requirement?
- Can the rights holder of a CC licensed work apply additional restrictions to those specified in a CC license?
Finding answers - Annotation activity
There are two valuable sources you can consult to find answers regarding Creative Commons licenses:
- The Frequently Asked Questions page on the Creative Commons web site.
- And the legal code of the individual licenses. (To find the legal code for a specific CC license, visit the license chooser page, select a license and from the human-readable summary you will find a link to the legal code for the license. For example, here is the legal code for the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.)
- Find the answers to the questions listed above by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions page and / or the legal code of a specified CC license.
- Use hypothes.is to annotate and discuss interesting facts you discover about Creative Commons licensing. (Remember to tag your hypothes.is posts using the course code: LiDA103.)