Our Stance on Copyright

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Respecting Copyright

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What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons licenses allow users to use and share creative work for free. In the words of the Creative Commons organization:

“If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works . . . available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day.”

This means you, as a teacher, can find content to share, modify or build upon while still respecting copyright law. In this sense, the creator of the original work is giving you permission to use it as long as you provide attribution (giving the original creator credit for the work) when you use it.

There are some great videos illustrating how Creative Commons works.

Click here to see the types of licenses available.

How does attribution work?

When you use a Creative Commons license, you are staying within copyright compliance, because the originator of the work has given you permission ahead of time to use the work. However, you have to provide attribution.

The Creative Commons website explains it this way: “Every Creative Commons license also ensures licensors get the credit for their work they deserve.”

Where can you go to find Creative Commons work?

WikiMedia Commons

LIFE Photo Archive

Library of Congress


Smithsonian on Flickr

Macaulay Library

New York Public Library

NOAA Photo Library




Disclaimer: The aforementioned sites are not part of the Write About platform. We are not responsible for any of the content they offer. It is the teacher’s responsibility to monitor photo searches with students.