In all cases journalists must respect copyright law. This is a form a legal protection that automatically occurs assigned to content the moment you create it. For example when I publish this posts on my blog, it will be protected by this law. This means that it gives the creator a number of exclusive rights and only the creator can;
- Claim authorship
- Distribute the work
- Reproduce the work
- Create new works based on the original
Also the owner can often sell these rights to other people, but if anyone breaks this permission, it is in fact breaking the law.
However, there are some methods that allow other people to use your content with something called Fair Dealing. This is where some use of copyright is allowed in such ways as;
- Research and Private study
- Criticism and Review
- News Reporting (except original photography and videos)
- Incidental Inclusion
In all these cases sources must be attributed and the amount of material must be “necessary for the purpose”.
Creative commons means some rights reserved and is an ‘open source’ to licensing for content online.
Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world. It develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation. It is a non-profit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.
Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”
Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.
What can Creative Commons do for me?
If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified.
If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day.
I myself am planning to publish my work under creative commons to give me and others wanting to use my content the flexibility and protection that’s needed.