Using creative commons media allows you to legally share media that you don’t own. When searching for different forms of media on the web you don’t always know what you can and can’t share and even though people share it anyway sometimes it’s not what the owner of the media wants. When you search creative commons for media it filters out the media that you can use automatically, you just have to make sure you give credit to the original owner.
As a blogger I’ve already taken advantage of creative commons. After it was presented in class I started to add on all my different blogs a little image provided by creative commons that lets the visitors on my blog know how I want my work to be shared. This makes me much more comfortable knowing that my work won’t be modified, used for profit, and will be credited to me. Additionally when creating blogs I can find media that I am allowed to use and credit them properly. I feel that this makes my blog much more professional and hopeful will attract more users to visit my blog.
As a user seeing people adhering to creative commons licenses is also beneficial. If I like an image they used on their blog I can find the original author and possibly find more of their work. This also allows to me know how I am allowed to share other people’s works as well. I will be able to know for sure whether or not I can modify or use something for profit through these licenses.
Johnson, Deborah G. “Ethics Online.” Communications of the ACM. JAN 1997: 60-65. Web. 19 Sep. 2013. <http://delivery.acm.org/10.1145/250000/242875/p60-johnson.pdf?ip=18.104.22.168>.
This article brings several important aspects of online anonymity to the foreground. In an age of technology changing an updating in such a rapid pace, how do we keep up with laws and security online? We feel free to share information, thoughts, ideas, and even our own creations like formatting codes, but how can we protect what is “ours” when it can be so easily replicated online? Furthermore, how do we protect our own identity when it, like these smaller properties, can also easily be replicated online? Because people are able to post online under anonymous or pseudonyms, security is not guaranteed, and neither is good human ethics. Anyone can post something on the web and attribute it to another person’s name, whether they are aware of it or not. For this reason, establishing a sense of trust on the internet is extremely difficult, because you can never be sure the person you are communicating with is actually who you believe it to be, and likewise, the information you come across may not be as reliable as you would think. The speed and distance that information can travel online has pros and cons, but in the case of stolen information or things that should be kept private, it is definitely a curse.