The 2009 Annual Fundraising Campaign for Creative Commons has kicked off, so it’s an opportune time to consider giving if you possibly can. I’ve been a long time supporter, user and advocate of the Creative Commons so it will come as no surprise to hear that I’m encouraging you all to donate this year if you possibly can. Incidentally, to my fellow Australia CC supporters: the Australian dollar is particularly strong compared to the US at the moment, so it’s the perfect time to give and maximize the impact our dollar can have!
Most of my work online, from Flickr to this blog, are under Creative Commons licenses and I still firmly believe that the any legal system where copyright isn’t just a means of monopoly-building must incorporate the some rights reserved model which allows creators to specify what they do want others to be able to do with work they’ve created, not just what they can’t do (the ‘default’ of full copyright).
In addition, earlier this year I was able to repost my article: ‘The Creative Commons: An Overview for Educators’ (which was originally published in Screen Education, 50, Winter 2008, pp. 38-42 and is reproduced here with permission). The article was (and is) aimed at media teachers in Australia, but hopefully may be of use more broadly, too. It also outlines, I hope, why I believe the Creative Commons are a core tool for content creation and remix in education.