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Copyright for Broadcast Newswriting: Creative Commons

Creative Commons

Creative Commons encourages a new way for creaters to copyright but share more freely.  When using Creative Commons, a copyright holder can make modifications to the traditional copyright assumed as part of the Copyright Act.  "With a Creative Commons license, you keep your copyright but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify..."1    Once registered with Creative Commons, the copyright holder displays symbols showing these modifications. 

Get Creative!:  Creative Commons concept

A Shared Culture


1. Creative Commons, "License Your Work," Creative Commons,, January 9, 2010.

A Different Kind of Copyright Notice

This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do.

-Woody Guthrie

Web pages with open content

The Library of Congress

  • Photostream on Flickr
    Not everything on Flickr can be copied freely.  In their copyright policy, Flickr notes that, " If you are seeking permission to use a photo/image found on Flickr, please note that you must contact the user who posted it directly and you must be a member of Flickr to do so."  

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Flickr Images using Creative Commons licensing