Journalism and Creative Commons Licenses

In the world of journalism, borrowing points from other articles is understandable so long as the original source is either linked or credited for the information. This is evident on some blogs as well where there will be a disclaimer warning the reader to credit the original writer or bear the legal consequences.

Creative Commons licenses are particularly popular with leading online journalism spaces like Propublica and Huffington Post Investigative Fund. This is due to the fact that Creative Commons licenses are a simple way for writers to grant copyright permissions to their work in a digital way as news is wide and constantly flowing such that there would be a need to uncover a way to freely and legally allow information to be used and shared.

Propublica even put up a blog post explaining why the organisation uses Creative Commons licenses on their published stories during Creative Commons tenth birthday. The blog states that they favour Creative Commons licenses on their stories because:

ProPublica’s mission is for (their) journalism to have impact — that is, for it to spur reform. Greater reach — the widest possible audience — doesn’t equate to impact, but it can help, and certainly doesn’t hurt. So (they) encourage it. And, of course, (they) started in 2008 with almost no audience or reputation at all, and needed — and still need — to increase the circle of people who know (them), and (their) work. CC helps (them) achieve that goal.

There are other news agencies who also used Creative Commons licenses in a similar manner for free-use of their articles. These agencies include Groundreport, Spot.Us, Good magazine and Al-Jaazera.

It is incredible to think that the reason that the digital news a reader is receiving on their E-Mail, text message, a retweet on Twitter or even a post on Facebook is all thanks to a Creative Commons license allowing individuals to share these articles.

 

 

 

 

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