Collaborative Creativity with Creative Commons


Best of 2009 Blog Challenge:  Day 23: Web tool. It came into your work flow this year and now you couldn’t live without it. It has simplified or improved your online experience.

So this one has me thinking. Don’t use that many new web tools. When I think of what has improved my blogging experience, though, it most definitely is not a web tool, or maybe it is.

See this image:

Image by Jeff Marquis, Flickr
Creative Commons license

I found it on Flickr, and can safely use it thanks to Jeff Marquis and Creative Commons.

My favorite web tool is Creative Commons, a non-profit that has changed the way creativity can be shared and built upon. From Creative Commons site:

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization

We work to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.

CC provides free, easy-to-use legal tools

Our tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. The Creative Commons licenses enable people to easily change their copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

Check this out:

I think posts are so much more engaging with an image. Whenever I need an image for a post, and I don’t have one that works from my own photos, I log on to Flickr and perform a search for creative commons licensed images that allow me to use them…with attribution of course!

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