Whether you are a teacher, student or a professional, it is good practice to credit your sources for any work that you produce. However, you may not actually have the right to use some the images or songs that may be included in your work. Most creative content such as songs, movies, books are protected by copyright to ensure that authors receive fair credit for the work they produce. Wikipedia describes copyright as giving the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who may perform the work, who may financially benefit from it, and other, related rights.
Creative Commons adapts the concept of copyright to give a greater number of options for creators to share their work and for individuals to use other peoples work creatively. Authors still receive credit but their work can be used or customized by others to create new work. There are a range of licenses that can be applied.
Attribution. You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work — and derivative works based upon it — but only if they give credit the way you request.
Noncommercial. You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work — and derivative works based upon it — but for noncommercial purposes only.
No Derivative Works. You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.
Share Alike. You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.
(Source: Creative Commons)
What does this mean for educators and students?
Under this new licensing framework, many people are offering their creative content online for others to use. For students creating presentations, there are many resources that are freely available as long as credit is given to the source. Here are some places that you can use to find great images and music that can be used according to the Creative Commons license.
A good place to look for images that are available under the Creative Commons license is Flickr.
A good place to look for music that is available under the Creative Commons license is Jamedo.