5 Expensive Problems with Using Creative Commons for Small Business

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The goal of U.S. copyright law is to give you legal protection of your original creative work so you control who can profit from it and when. Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization created to provide creators of original works an easier way to give others permission to use their original creative work than U.S. copyright laws allow.

Many people and businesses create content that they want others to freely use in their own commercial and/or non-commercial work, including image, text, audio, and video works. Applying a Creative Commons license to their work makes the public aware of what the owner freely allows others to do with it—without having to obtain written permissions or formal license agreements from the owner.

Applying a Creative Commons License to Your Work

Let’s imagine that you create an e-book and you want others to be able to republish it in any way that they want as long as they attribute you as the owner. Just visit the Creative Commons website and pick the license that best matches your goals for your content. You can choose between six licenses:

Attribution

This license only requires attribution to the owner. Works with this license can be used in commercial or non-commercial new works.

Attribution Non-Commercial

This license is the same as the Attribution license but works cannot be used in new commercial works.

No Derivatives

This license does not allow the creation of any derivative works from the licensed work. Works with this license can be used in commercial or non-commercial new works.

No Derivatives Non-Commercial

This license is the same as the No Derivatives license but works cannot be used in new commercial works.

Share Alike

This license requires that the creator of the new work applies the same Creative Commons license to the new work that the owner of the original work used. Works with this license can be used in commercial or non-commercial new works.

Share Alike Non-Commercial

This license is the same as the Share Alike license but works cannot be used in new commercial works.

In our small business example, you’d simply include the Creative Commons Attribution license icon or language in your ebook, and you’re done. Others can use your ebook in their own blog posts, presentations, marketing materials, and so on as long as they attribute you as the source.

Sounds good, right? Not always.

What happens when you change your mind in the future and want to remove that Creative Commons license? What happens when you find someone else profiting from your e-book and you want to stop them?

There are problems looming in the future.

Using a Work with a Creative Commons License Published by Someone Else

Now, let’s imagine that you maintain a blog for your small business. You need to include images with your blog posts because all of the blogging experts and research studies show that blog posts with images perform better than blog posts without images.

You don’t have a budget for images, so you search on Flickr and choose images that have Creative Commons Attribution licenses applied to them that allow commercial use (because your small business blog is a commercial property). You follow the instructions on the Creative Commons website to appropriately attribute the image to its owner and identify the Creative Commons license. You assume you’ve done everything right and that you’ve followed all of the necessary rules so you won’t be accused of copyright infringement in the future.

Sounds good right? Not always.

What happens when you receive the Getty Images Demand Letter like so many other bloggers and small businesses have in the past several years? What happens when the real owner of the work (who is not the person who uploaded it to Flickr and applied a Creative Commons license to it) contacts you and demands compensation?

Again, there are problems that are very likely to arise in the future.

5 Expensive Problems with Creative Commons

Beware of these common problems to your small business when you apply a Creative Commons license to your own work or use a work with a Creative Commons license:

Creative Commons Licenses Offer No Legal Protection

Creative Commons offers no form of protection to the creator beyond what common law provides. Creative Commons licenses have no legal significance beyond the license itself.

Creative Commons Licenses are Irrevocable

According to the fine print on the Creative Commons website, Creative Commons licenses cannot be revoked once they’ve been applied to a work. If you use a Creative Commons license, make sure you’re not going to change your mind in the future about giving everyone open access to your work.

Creative Commons Licenses are Not Simple

Creative Commons licenses can be updated at any time, and those licenses are not simple. Each is pages long with a lot of legal language in them. Make sure you understand what you’re agreeing to before you apply a Creative Commons license to your work or use another person’s work with a Creative Commons license.

Creative Commons Won’t Help You if You Have Problems

The Creative Commons organization absolves itself of any problems you might encounter with one of its licenses in the future within its terms saying, “Creative Commons gives no warranties regarding its licenses … disclaims all liability for damages resulting from their use to the fullest extent possible … is not a party to its public licenses.” If something goes wrong, you’re on your own.

The Creative Commons License on Someone Else’s Work Might Not Be Valid

A big problem with Creative Commons licenses is the fact that anyone can apply them to any work. For example, many of the Creative Commons licensed images on Flickr, Google, and sites that aggregate images weren’t uploaded by the owners of the images. The Creative Commons licenses applied by the people who uploaded the images (but don’t own them) are completely invalid! If you use one of these improperly licensed images, you very well might get caught and find yourself on the losing end of an expensive copyright infringement lawsuit.

The Takeaway

The good news is that Creative Commons is a great option for bridging the gap between copyright law and open access and sharing of creative works, but it’s far from perfect. The bad news is that Creative Commons gives you no legal protection, and it gives other people permission to use and profit from (depending on the license you choose) your creative work—the very things that copyright laws protect you from.

Be very careful both in applying Creative Commons licenses to your own work and using works created by others that have Creative Commons licenses. Things are not always as cut-and-dry as they might seem.

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Peshmerga Fighters Closing In On Mosul: The Battle for Iraq (Dispatch 9)

With mixed messages coming from the US-led coalition about the timeline for the assault on the Islamic State’s Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, VICE News traveled to meet the Kurdish peshmerga fighters manning the trenches at the strategic junction of Keske outside the city, where they’re cutting off IS’ vital supply lines from Syria, to get their thoughts on the mulled offensive. Watch “The Battle for Iraq: Shia Militias vs. the Islamic State” – http://bit.ly/1EgHqG8 Watch “The Battle For Iraq (Dispatch 8)” – http://bit.ly/1wlUJGp Read “Publicity Blitz Hypes Iran-Backed Offensive Against Islamic State in Iraq” – http://bit.ly/1Hp9jxK Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Michoacan’s Most Wanted Drug Kingpin: Mexico’s Hot Land (Dispatch 1)

Mexico has nabbed the leader of the infamous Knights Templar drug gang, and now the territory he once controlled is up for grabs. VICE News travels to the contested Mexican state of Michoacan to find out whether the power balance will shift following his arrest. Watch “Parents Storm a Military Base: Mexico’s Missing Students (Dispatch 2)” – http://bit.ly/184Vc4p Watch “The New King of Coke (Full Length)” – http://bit.ly/1zchU6u Read “Leader of Knights Templar Cartel ‘La Tuta’ Is Captured in Mexico” – http://bit.ly/1BpIwzr Read “Mexican Drug Lord Lived in a Cave and Was Caught Because His Girlfriend Brought Him Birthday Cake” – http://bit.ly/1AbhTeK Read “Drug Lord Known as ‘Z-42’ Is Second Mexican Capo to Fall In Less Than a Week” – http://bit.ly/1F4aZxD Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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A Rebel Beauty Pageant: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 98)

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) in eastern Ukraine held a unique beauty pageant — where the contestants were all female rebel fighters. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky attended the pageant and spoke with the contestants who, in the midst of ongoing fighting, said they are proud to be battling for independence in the region. Watch “In the Trenches with the DNR: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 97)” – http://bit.ly/1vYRcNU Watch “Russia’s Ghost Army in Ukraine” – http://bit.ly/1AOAZGI Read “Chechen Officer Admits Guilt In Opposition Leader Nemtsov’s Murder’ – http://bit.ly/1F3UpOl Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Tune In For Entrepreneurial Success on Startup School Radio

Startup School Radio

SiriusXM listeners are about to get some business advice from the country’s leading entrepreneurs and more successful investors.

Startup School Radio is a program designed to bring together the top minds in business and entrepreneurship in a weekly forum.

The show will air weekly on Wednesdays beginning on March 11 at 10 a.m. PST live from San Francisco. Y Combinator partner Aaron Harris will serve as host.

Startup School Radio can be heard on Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School, channel 111, on SiriusXM. It will also be available at SiriusXM On Demand.

Each week, the show will gather the founders of early-stage tech startups and investors of successful startups in the past. They’ll try to offer insight to would-be and current entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Harris is co-founder of Tutorspree, a startup funded by Y Combinator back in 2011. He says that startup founders, entrepreneurs, and small business owners can learn more from each other than from anyone else.

In a statement introducing the show, Harris says:

“Starting a startup is really hard. The best way to learn about it is by talking to the founders who have done it before and succeeded despite a lot of screw ups. I want to help everyone thinking about starting a company to learn how to do it better. The conversations we’re going to have on SiriusXM’s ‘Startup School Radio’ are going to do that for a huge audience.”

SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein also expressed his excitement for the upcoming show, adding:

“In a world where many ambitious, creative, and smart people either want to form a startup or work for one, ‘Startup School Radio’ gives our listeners a fantastic opportunity to learn about the next big thing, before it’s a ‘next big thing,’ from one of the most lauded startup accelerator programs in Silicon Valley. Aaron Harris and guests including partners from Y Combinator will give our listeners a rare, inside look at this fascinating world and the work they’re doing to drive innovation.”

Entrepreneurs and those with ideas of starting their own business may want to tune in to hear some sage advice from those who’ve been there already.

But if you’re a small business owner in need of inspiration this may also be a great show for you.

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Fleeing Ghouta By Foot (Extra Scene from ‘Syrian Refugees in Lebanon’)

As Syria’s civil war has raged over the past four years, more than a million refugees have fled into neighboring Lebanon. The Bekaa Valley, which serves as the main passageway between Damascus and Beirut, is now home to the largest concentration of Lebanon’s Syrian refugees. Currently in Lebanon there is one Syrian for every four Lebanese citizens — a population growth that has created a strain on the small villages and towns that bear the responsibility of hosting the refugees. Al Marj, a small city of about 15,000 in the southern end of the Bekaa Valley, is home to a refugee camp where approximately 400 families are living. VICE News traveled to the Bekaa Valley to see how the refugee population is faring as winter fully sets in, and found that the freezing temperatures are only one of their problems. In this extra scene, VICE News correspondent David Enders meets a Syrian refugee who fled with his family from Ghouta to Lebanon by foot, and is still waiting to be provided shelter, 20 days after arriving at al Marj refugee camp. Watch “Freezing and Fighting for Aid: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon” – http://bit.ly/1HnrZOD Watch “The War Next Door (Full Length)” – http://bit.ly/1we4sbb Read “German Teenager Dies Fighting the Islamic State in Syria” – http://bit.ly/1AWogBN Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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On The Line: Environment Editor Robert Eshelman Answers Your Questions

Follow us on Twitter where we’ll announce this week’s topic for On The Line: https://twitter.com/vicenews VICE News’ Environment Editor Robert Eshelman joined On The Line to answer your questions about climate change and the environment. Read “Climate Change Is Likely a Cause of the Civil War in Syria, Researchers Say” – http://bit.ly/18JnAKj Read “Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Legislation — But White House Says Approval Still Possible” – http://bit.ly/1ABUp1m VICE News and On The Line want to hear from you! Let us know your questions on Twitter with the hashtag #ontheline, or send us a video message on Skype. To leave a Skype video message, follow the instructions here: http://bit.ly/1Fpn9lC Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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