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Copyright vs Creative Commons on Library Websites



I was just looking at Nashville Public Library’s website – very attractive site! They redesigned last year, and now have a great website, full of web 2.0-ish goodness.

And then I saw this in their footer: “Copyright © 2006 Nashville Public
Library, All Rights Reserved.” I don’t have a beef with NPL – the same type of thing can be found on my website and many others, too.

But I do have a question: is this really necessary? Copyright is generally placed on a website to say “ask before you use the stuff found on this website.” So why not go the extra mile and use a Creative Commons license?  That way, instead of having a sign on your website that says stop!, you’ll have a sign that says “feel free to re-use our content – we wrote it for you, after all! Just let us know about it!”

It’s a small way to encourage your customers to start conversations – remember my Inviting Participation mantra?

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  • http://roycekitts.blogspot.com/ royce

    Agreed. Why not the phrase:

    “If it is ours: take it. If it belongs to someone else: ask.”

    Copyright is one of those topics that I would bet most people know nothing about, except for the “if i put it in the mail its copyrighted” myth. In which case, they still don’t know anything about copyright.

    On another note: Wouldn’t a Kansas 2.0 conference be cool?

  • http://roycekitts.blogspot.com royce

    Agreed. Why not the phrase:

    “If it is ours: take it. If it belongs to someone else: ask.”

    Copyright is one of those topics that I would bet most people know nothing about, except for the “if i put it in the mail its copyrighted” myth. In which case, they still don’t know anything about copyright.

    On another note: Wouldn’t a Kansas 2.0 conference be cool?

  • http://www.davidleeking.com/ david lee king

    Yes, a Kansas 2.0 conference WOULD be cool! If you’re serious, I’d bet NEKLS would help… and we could probably set up a meeting at TSCPL, too…

    Hmm… the possibilities!

  • http://www.davidleeking.com david lee king

    Yes, a Kansas 2.0 conference WOULD be cool! If you’re serious, I’d bet NEKLS would help… and we could probably set up a meeting at TSCPL, too…

    Hmm… the possibilities!