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Great Videos to Teach Students about Creative Commons

By definition, Creative Commons is " a nonprofit organization that works to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) available in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing."


Creative Commons Licenses provide a standard way for user-generated content creators to grant someone else permission to use their work, in other words, a Creative Commons license is used when the authors want to give others the rights to share, use , or build upon the work they have created.

To help you better explain what Creative Commons is all about to your students, here is a list of awesome videos created by the folks in CC and which explain some of the important concepts related to copyrights and digital culture. Have a look at them below and share them with your students. Enjoy



A high-level overview of the goals of Creative Commons and how we are “saving the world from failed sharing.” Created by Jesse Dylan, director of the “Yes We Can” video.


Wanna Work Together? explains in practical details how creators expose, share, and remix their works using our free public licenses.



This is a visual guide to Creative Commons, copyright, and licensing.


In this short produced by Intelligent Television, you can hear from established film makers on why CC is a crucial part of their work flow and perspective on creating new media.



Mayer and Bettle explain what Creative Commons is and how it works. Produced for CC Australia.

The winner of our Moving Images Contest, Justin Cone created a short, succinct “commercial” that demonstrates what Creative Commons is, and how it works, in a slick package.

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