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Creative Commons Licenses

The Creative Commons search page links to various search engines to search out CC content, allowing easy searches for CC material.

The Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum allows for sharing their recorded music under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license.

Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository ⇒ Is that awesome or what!

Creative Commons or “CC Licenses,” offer a way for creators to free their work of the onerous restrictions of modern day copyright law. Creators can release their work in the way that they want.

CC is for Creator’s Choice is my article about CC Licenses; skip to the bottom for a breakdown of the different licenses.

Culture locked behind copyright is “All Rights Reserved” which means it may not be copied without negotiating for permission. The safest course for a blogger would be to only link to any material that is under pure copyright. In Canada and the UK there are exemptions to copyright called “Fair Dealing,” while the US has the more liberal “Fair Use.” These exemptions allow small exerpts to be reproduced for reviews or critical articles. Particularly in these litiginous times, since what is allowable is different place to place, it pays to exercise caution.

All CC licenses allow digital copying for purposes of personal use. Anything released CC can be reproduced in a blog.



A great many photographs are released through Flickr as well as many other photo sharing sites as well as Wikimedia Commons under CC licenses. You can find these images by selecting the “Advanced Search” feature in Flickr or even Google, so that only images labeled for reuse will come up in the search. As a blogger, let me tell you this saves time.

Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexiconsource for authentic images for language learning, providing images Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States



From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda can be downloaded grom Irwin Law Books under a Creative Commons license. A Canadian Copyright “Must Read.”

No Media Kings is Toronto writer Jim Munroe’s website. where you can find his CC Licensed books.

And of course I’m publishing my own debut novel “Inconstant Moon” under a CC license. Soon.😀



jamendo is a website of creative commons licensed music. An estimated 25% of the music onsite can be used commercially free/gratis; if you wish to acquire rights permission for any of the other 76% you can do so through jamendo.

[If you’re an audiophile looking to download Flac files from Jamendo, this should help: github audiotools / jamendo-dl

Allison Crowe is an awesome Canadian singer/songwriter/musician who has been releasing her music CC from the start.

Josh Woodward is an awesome American singer/songwriter/musician whose growing body of work is all released !CC atribution only.


Here is an audio cover of Woodward’s “Learn to Fly” and a YouTube video “Together On Our Own” by my friend @rsiddharth along with woodward songs translated into Spanish by Carlos Solís



I hope to review both of these excellent films soon. In the meantime you can watch and share them freely.

Sita Sings the Blues

Die Beauty can be legally downloaded from the Pirate Bay p2p website.

The Music Manumit podcast did this “Discussion with Creative Commons Canada” It is nice to see Creative Commons Canada is back on the grid.

[Note: this is a bare beginning. There are vast amounts of CC licensed material out there. I’ll list what I find as I can. Now I have to stop procrastinating and get back to work on my new novel.😀 ]

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Written by Laurel L. Russwurm

October 26, 2010 at 11:10 am

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