Creative Commons: Is it Right For You? 7/11/2013

Photo by Scott Bourne – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

The following blog post, titled "My Failed Experiment With Creative Commons" was posted on Photofocus yesterday by Scott Bourne. Founded in 2001, Creative Commons prides itself on its ability to give creators a way to make copyright personal and best suited to their needs. Scott Bourne, a photographer himself, made the switch to Creative Commons over a year ago in order to see how it compared to his rights managed approach. While weighing the pros and cons of Creative Commons, Scott demonstrates that Creative Commons is not the right fit for everyone: "CC is just a license. It is NOT a replacement or substitute for Copyright registration. If you offer your images under CC and someone infringes you, your next remedy is to sue for Copyright infringement in the U.S. District Court. But if you haven’t registered your images with the Library of Congress, then it’s effectively, nearly impossible to recover money damages from the defendants."