Sharing Creative Wealth

crMany would argue that information is the new currency in our day and age. Targeted advertisement and acquiring customer information is very important to many companies and that’s why corporations, advertisers and online forums aim to get so much information out of online audiences. Protecting our privacy online was the topic in my previous blog, but now I would like to shed some light on protecting our online creations and work. As I continue my educational growth here at McGill, I find myself constantly publishing my grad projects and research findings online. I am just beginning to see how important it is to protect and additionally, share my own work with those around me and those in my field. I began pondering, “what goes into the whole process of copyrighting something?”

As undergrad and graduate students, we are constantly posting and publishing our research online and once we do so, we should be ensuring that it is protected or licensed. Just recently I was introduced a less strict, but still very effective form of copyright that was appealing to me as a grad student… Creative Commons. Basically, it’s a way to download and share digital content – legally. I was also looking for a place to showcase my work and have other students benefit from reading it, too. Creative Common’s licenses can help you attain both. What I like about this platform is that CC doesn’t insist that users give up their copyright. In fact, what it does is refines it so that the author or creator has the choice of what their work can be used for, such as: commercial use, sharing and modifications to your work. Based on these options, CC will grant users a license that states what audiences can use, modify, or share. I think this is a great tool, especially for university students to be aware of because it is quick, professional and protects your online productions.

“The copyright bargain: a balance between protection for the artist and rights for the consumer.”

-Robin Gross

Best,

Lisa

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