Can you combine Copyright and Creative Commons? Yes you can!
After a meeting at the EU parlament on Copyright and IP related issues in October 2015 I have received several questions regarding copyright versus creative commons and more specifically how we at Norwegian digital learning arena(NDLA) combine the use of Copyright and CC license.
The main strategy at NDLA is to release content under Creative Commons BY SA but we also use NC on pictures and Copyright in some cases.
To explain this it is best to show an example from NDLA where we do this with a combination of text from our own staff, a picture from NTB Scanpix and the Hollywood blockbuster film made by Peter Jackson called The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug.
These different parts all are released under different licenses:
- The text by Tina Andersson Jensen is released under Creative Commons BY SA
- The picture of Peter Jackson(top right) by Hannibal Hanschke is released under Creative Commons BY SA NC
- The full length movie is released with Copyright and with the limitation that it can only be accessed from IP adresses in Norway.
When combining resources like this it is important to be accurate in marking the different parts with the correct license. In the screenshot under the three different licenses are defined. When a user puts the cursor over the icon the license and relevant information shows in the black frame. (Norwegian text)
What license to chose?
My personal opinion is that it is best to use Creative Commons BY or BY SA. When using NC(non-commercial) there are some problems in terms of “what is non-commercial” and how this term is to be interpreted.