Content in the Creative Commons
By using a Creative Commons license, content creators adopt a "some
rights reserved" form of copyright that encourages sharing and
modifying content by others.
Today, the Creative Commons organization estimates that more than 5
million web sites link to its license. That's a lot of content, most
of which is available for free or nominal charge.
The Creative Commons search engine (powered by Nutch, which we've previously
covered) makes it easy to find this content. You can search for Creative
Commons audio, images, text, video, and other formats that are free
to share online.
You can also limit your search to works that you are free to modify,
adapt, or build upon, or even use for commercial purposes.
Search results are labeled with icons, indicating whether works are
in the public domain, whether they can be re-used or modified and so
Although the search works well, the site also features a number of directories
that are a big help for locating specific types of content. Start with
Common Content, a registry and directory of Creative Commons licensed
works to get a sense of what's available, and to help you establish
some parameters for searching.
Then try out the directories for audio, images, video, text and educational
materials, all accessible from the main search page. You'll find lots
of music (primarily from lesser known artists and labels, but much of
it quite good nonetheless), stock photos and public domain films from
the worlds of government and advertising.
There's a lot of specialized content as well, such as the Oyez Project's
years of U.S. Supreme Court proceedings available as licensed MP3s.
You can also find online course materials from MIT, Rice University,
and the Berklee College of Music.
The Creative Commons is run by a distinguished group of people who are
genuinely concerned about the ongoing trend toward overly restrictive
copyright laws and Draconian enforcement actions taken by groups such
as the Recording Industry of America. Want to know more about the Creative
Commons? Check out this list of frequently asked questions for more
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