Resource Use (Copyright and CC licensing topics)

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I'd like to display a few pictures in the MathGloss/P/Pictograph pictograph entry showing appropriate and inappropriate pictographs. There are two very good examples of inappropriate pictographs:

  • carnegie mellon open learning initiative (hit the next arrow at the bottom of the page 3 times and then scroll to last picture on the screen - TIME magazine attracts most advertising dollars (bottom of page)

I'm thinking we can't use these images because of the NC component of their copyright.

  • CMU uses creative commons BY-NC-SA

Please confirm.

If the answer is info/materials from these sites is not appropiate for WE, are there any other options for getting an example like this besides make one up (which I can do, but...)?


--Alison Snieckus 13:53, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

ASnieckus (talk)01:53, 11 February 2009

Good question. I'm still in my process of understanding CC licenses and their relashionship with Copyrighted content. Let's ask the experts.

  • See this Nellie's video. (Great conference regarding to Copyright Laws. Some technical issues. Dr. Bob Diotalevi starts talking by minute 20).
  • Perhaps this link to OER Handbook can bring some enlightenment.

BTW, demonstration of "what is" and "what is not" for some concepts it's a very good aid for learning. Maybe we need some refinement on our Quality Assurance considerations. :) Please feel free to improve our main page.

Saludos. Gladys Gahona.--chela5808 15:17, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Chela5808 (talk)03:17, 11 February 2009

Hi Everyone,

WikiEducator subscribes to the free cultural works definition.

In practice this means that we cannot use content which carries a non-commercial (NC) or non-derivatives (ND) restriction.

We can use:

  • Content in the public domain
  • Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY)
  • Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike (CC-BY-SA) or
  • Gnu Free Documentation License (GFDL)

provided we attribute in accordance with the requirements of these licenses.

What to do if you find content you would like to use, but cannot due to license restrictions:

1. Provide an external link to the relevant content (not ideal because then our resources are dependent on non-free content) 2. e-Mail the copyright holder for permission to release an instance of the content on WikiEducator under a CC-BY or CC-BY-SA license. Upload a copy of the permission release on the relevant image page or create a link to the copyright release permission. 3. Source alternate content that uses a free content license 4. If possible -- create your own version and release this under a license that meets the requirements of the free cultural works definition :-).

You can find out more about our interpretation of the meaning of free content in this tutorial. Our community values are rooted in the essential freedoms derived from the free software movement.


Mackiwg (talk)10:33, 12 February 2009

Thank you very much Wayne,

A very claryfying comment. Guess I should read once more the tutorials :).

Cheers Gladys--chela5808 19:21, 12 February 2009 (UTC)

Chela5808 (talk)07:21, 13 February 2009

Wayne, Thanks for clarifying -- I had read the definitions of free content and understand and agree with the mission, but was feeling unsure of myself. The 4 options under "what to do if..." really help. I'm going to pursue #2, if I can find a way to contact the owners. Maybe Statistics Canada will release the Canadian dollar example.

If not, I'll settle for reusing just the "idea."

--Alison Snieckus 00:25, 13 February 2009 (UTC)

ASnieckus (talk)12:25, 13 February 2009