Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A New Tool for Choosing a Creative Commons License

Creative Commons licensing can be a good way to explicitly state the terms by which people can use and re-use your creative written, audio, and visual works. But selecting the license that is right for you can be confusing. Thankfully, as I learned through a Tweet by Jen Deyenberg, the Creative Commons organization has a new tool to help you choose the best license for your situation.

The new interactive Creative Commons license chooser helps you select the right license for your work. To select the right license for your work just answer a few questions and a license will be recommended to you.

If you're not sure what Creative Commons is and or how it differs from Copyright, I recommend watching Copyright and Creative Commons Explained by Common Craft. I've embedded the video below.

Applications for Education
Even if you and your students are not going to use Creative Commons licensing, the Creative Commons license chooser could be helpful in understanding what the various Creative Commons licenses mean.