What is a Creative Commons License (and why should I care)? [Video] – Skinny Artist

What is a Creative Commons License (and why should I care)? [Video]

“Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors than piracy”
~ Tim O’Reilly


Creative Commons Reference PDF:

Creative Commons License Reference Sheet ..(right click and “Save File. .” or “Download Linked File”)

Creative Commons License Links:







Creative Commons Controversy:

What happens when Creative Commons Licensing goes too far?


Now it’s your turn. . .

  • Have you ever used or thought about using a Creative Commons license on any of your creative work?
  • What do you think are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using a Creative Commons license?
  • Do you think that Creative Commons really encourages other people to share your work?
  • Do you think the benefits of Creative Commons outweigh the risks of giving away some of your legal rights?
  • Do you think that the critics of Creative Commons are right when they say that it’s just a gimmick that will eventually force every creative artist to give away their work for “free”?

Tell us what you think!


About the Author

Drew is a writer, teacher, and head custodian of the Skinny Artist creative community. You can also find him online at OutmatchFitness.com where he writes about fitness, nutrition, and his continuing battle with father time.

It’s as if you read my mind. I’ve noticed a sudden springing up of Creative Commons on a handful of websites and was curious about it. Just not curious enough to start my researching – ahem. Thanks for taking care of that with this post and narrating it too. Nice touch. But fair warning: I might have to adopt that dangerously-adorable puppy featured at the end. What pedigree has visible thought bubbles filled with clever, sassy observations? Want.


    Thank you Ava for not only suffering through the entire video, but somehow still managing to find a kind word to say about it :)

    You’re right though, there does seem to have been a sudden springing of Creative Commons licenses out there but surprisingly there’s very little information on what exactly they mean or how you go about using them.

    I’ve considered using a Creative Commons license myself before, but I just wasn’t very comfortable with the whole thing because I never really knew what rights I was giving away and which ones I was keeping. Honestly, even the CreativeCommons.org website seemed a bit overly cryptic and confusing for my simple little brain to process. Fortunately, when you add a few puppies and snappy graphics in a TV like video setting, my tiny reptilian brain falls back into its happy little stupor and I feel smart again (yay!)

    As far as the adorable sassy dog at the end of the video (for those of you who haven’t managed to stay awake through the entire thing, you’re missing out!), I’ve been trying to get her to guest post here but apparently she’s holding out for a better offer. . .


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I tend to think the question isn’t “have you ever thought of using Creative Commons?” it’s “have you ever thought about how copyright is ruining culture?” The documentary RIP: A Remix Manifesto is an excellent explanation of just how destructive copyright is and you can watch it here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/88782/rip-a-remix-manifesto

Thank you for doing all of this research and generously sharing it!


    Thanks Ronna for not only watching the video, but for also having something nice to say about it afterwards :) I really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with us!

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