Posted by Sarah Andrews
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that allows creative professionals to share their work easily in the public domain. It allows the creator to waive copyright and share her or his work with others.
Using Creative Commons is a great way to share your work with the online community, but does this make your work an easy target for plagiarism?
Design Taxi recently featured a blog post by artist Kirsty Hall discussing how artists can use Creative Commons. She explains that she had taken advantage of other people’s images on her blog, so it made sense for her to share her own work, too. It was an easy way for her to get more people to see her work.
Though the benefits of sharing on Creative Commons are numerous, Hall warns that there is also a risk of having your work stolen. It’s a risk you have to take. Even work that is under strict copyright is easily up for grabs when it’s published on the Internet. There’s no telling how many people could download your work and call it their own.
This free-for-all environment isn’t limited to artistic or graphic work. It’s just as easy to copy and paste a story and simply change the byline. The Internet has created an environment of instant sharing, especially among journalists, and plagiarism is an unfortunate result.
Anything you post online is subject to bloggers and potential thieves. The creator has to trust the online honor system despite the risk.
Would you embrace a community like this for sharing your work? What kind of restrictions would you enforce?