With the approval of Admin Council, I have added a Creative Commons license to most of our Flickr pictures. What’s does that mean? Well, if you’ve ever noticed the awesome photography in any of Lauren P.’s presentations recently, then you’ve already seen one of the benefits. Creative Commons allows us to tell potential users in advance that it’s OK to use one of our pictures, e.g. in a PowerPoint, provided that
- it’s not for commercial purposes
- they attribute the photo to ZSR
- the work they create (the PowerPoint show) is also distributed under the same terms, aka “share-alike.”
The exception is our READ posters. We have contractual restrictions that prohibit us from sharing these photos with a Creative Commons license. Therefore, those 5 images still say “all rights reserved.”
Hopefully this move will provide more exposure for ZSR as well as help to advance the conversation about copyright and open access in today’s information universe.