Fair use permits individuals to do things that could otherwise be deemed illegal under copyright law, like using a picture for a school project without asking the creator's permission.

But what if you want to take that picture and change it in some way for your project? Can you do that without the creator's permission? With Creative commons licensing, you might be able to. Creative commons is a way for creators of video, text, and images to choose how to share their creations with others.

Sound confusing? Click on the picture below to check out a slideshow that explains how this licensing works:

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Still not sure how this all works? Click on the video below for another explanation:

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Flickr is a website that lets you store, sort, search, and share photos online. It is a good example of content that is licensed under Commons. Click here learn more about the ways one can share their photos on Flickr.

Click here to check out a list of 30 other websites where you can find Creative Commons Media.

Mashups are multimedia creations using different types of content, put together to create something new. Click here to watch one of the 2011 winners of the Penn School of Arts and Sciences annual Mashup contest. Did you see the list of sources at the end of the video? Do you think the student asked for permission to use the Robin Thicke song?

R. Beaudoin
Media Technology Integration Specialist
Hooksett Memorial School
Updated 9/2013.