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Creative Commons and copyright law

Part 1.Lesson 1.

Creative Commons (CC) is an American non-profit organization and international network devoted to educational access and expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.

Creative Commons licenses give everyone from individual creators to large institutions a standardized way to grant the public permission to use their creative work under copyright law. From the reuser’s perspective, the presence of a Creative Commons license on a copyrighted work answers the question, “What can I do with this work?”

These licenses allow authors of creative works to communicate which rights they reserve and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators.

Nicholas’s Photos – conflict situation to be learned and discussed

  1. Practical task: read the text Nicholas’s photos and put questions reflecting the conflict between Nicholas and the other sides.
Part 2. Lesson 2.

Video Vocabulary

Creative Commons – licenses that allow authors of creative works to communicate which rights they reserve and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators.

The commons — the body of work freely available for legal use, sharing, repurposing, and remixing.

All rights reserved – another person cannot reproduce, distribute and/or adapt any part of the work without your permission by copyright law.

Collective Work means a work, such as a periodical issue, anthology or encyclopedia, in which the Work in its entirety in unmodified form, along with one or more other contributions, constituting separate and independent works in themselves, are assembled into a collective whole. 

Original Author -the individual, individuals, entity or entities who created the Work.

Work – the copyrightable work of authorship offered under the terms of this License.

“You” – an individual or entity exercising rights under this License who has not previously violated the terms of this License with respect to the Work, or who has received express permission from the Licensor to exercise rights under this License despite a previous violation.

Licensor – means the individual, individuals, entity or entities that offers the Work under the terms of this License..

Licensee – the party receiving the intellectual property

Copyright – a type of intellectual property that gives its owner the exclusive right to make copies of a creative work, usually for a limited time.

An anti-copyright notice – a specific statement that is added to a work in order to encourage wide distribution. E.g. “Anti-Copyright! Reprint freely, in any manner desired, even without naming the source.”

Derivative Work means a work based upon the Work or upon the Work and other pre-existing works, such as a translation, musical arrangement, dramatization, fictionalization, motion picture version, sound recording, art reproduction, abridgment, condensation, or any other form in which the Work may be recast, transformed, or adapted, except that a work that constitutes a Collective Work.

Fair Use Rights – nothing in this license is intended to reduce, limit, or restrict any rights arising from fair use, first sale or other limitations on the exclusive rights of the copyright owner under copyright law or other applicable laws.

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