I guess I started to understand the importance of creative commons when I started to recognize my role as a producer of online content. Prior to this year, I used the internet predominantly as a consumer – borrowing, listening, reading, shopping, but never adding much to the resource.
Now as I continue to blog, and build connections online, I realize the importance of having what people create attributed to them. As we build our digital footprint we want to connect to content and have others connect to us.
Sourcing content is nothing new, but previously my perceptions of online sourcing was that it was something that was to be done for books, articles, videos, and sites – but for some reason not images. In my clouded perception somehow images were free to use, abuse, and reuse. Free for all, all for free!
But as an art teacher – images are what I trade in – why was I so flippant about the use of other people’s images and not worried about sourcing them? Again, maybe because I had never had anyone use something I had made. Maybe because a tenet of postmodern art is appropriation?
The flickr account I have is a relatively new and often forgotten resource. I have about 6 photos online and I haven’t used it in a while – gotta get on that apparently. Here is one from a workshop I ran that dealt with the artwork of Mohammed Kazem.
What I think is interesting about creative commons attributions is that people want to be connected with their content. They want people to know that they created that particular image.
by Robin Hutton
This is a basic human concept – that we have wanted to make our mark as creators. We are now just simply changing the form in how we do so.