Thursday, June 26, 2014

A GUIDE TO COPYRIGHTING YOUR DIGITAL CREATIVE WORK ONLINE FOR FREE

A lot of people express concern regarding the copyrights of their digital art, poetry, graphics, and even scans and photographs of their physical works.They are concerned that sharing there original works on Facebook pages and groups will ultimately get the works spread on the internet without any acknowledgment to them as the original creators. 

Your fears are right, it can happen, but there is a way to generate a digital trail and also enable copyrights on the works even if they are shared, you will gradually be able to establish yourself as the original creator on almost all of the work you share digitally by driving the fans and sharers back to your website/blog (See Step One below)

This is a short guide to help you protect yourselves and your art using the creative commons copyright for free.


GUIDE TO COPYRIGHTING IN THE DIGITAL WORLD

STEP ONE: ALWAYS GIVE YOUR ART WORK A HOME

You can make a website, or a free blog ( blogger ) and post your work there first. if you are going to use BLOGGER.COM then make sure you sing up using an active GMAIL account with your correct name and phone number (Also verify your phone number ) so you can claim your ownership authentically if required.

A Facebook page is not right for this. also using your Facebook profile link ( See step three) is not reliable as Facebook has had banned its users without intimation and never really returns the accounts.

Having the original work posted on your own website helps it to be identified by Google as the original, and also (Step three) you will be referring that place in your copyright

STEP TWO: UNDERSTANDING CREATIVE COMMONS

(Go to step three directly to learn how to USE them)
I have attached a few infographics to help you understand the creative commons licences and what they mean.




STEP THREE: USING THE CREATIVE COMMONS LICENCE.

Some explanations of the options
  1. Allow adaptations of your work to be shared? 
    1. Yes if you want others to edit it and share it, they will still attribute your name as the creator.
  2. Allow commercial uses of your work? Should they be able to use your art to make money.
  3. Attribute work to URL, Use the link from your blog post (which contains your original post)
  • In the licence mark choose HTML if you want to post it on your blog/Website.
  • In the licence mark choose OFFLINE, if it is going to be on physical paper.
  • XMP is for advanced users to embed it in meta data of their images and pdfs etc. visit http://wiki.creativecommons.org/XMP for more info.
  • For images you can also use the images present at http://creativecommons.org/about/downloads/ and put them on your artwork, using Photoshop or MS paint similar software.
  • for blog posts and social media use the HTML (If allowed) version. paste it in the HTML editor of your post (See example below).
  • In the more permissions URL i have entered my email, you can enter a link to your blog page where you have given your contact information etc.
My Cat Drawing
My Cat Drawing
Creative Commons License
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at sabreking@gmail.com.

  • For TEXT such as poetry. (See example below)

My Poem
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.

Donec in dolor sit amet quam pharetra molestie auctor ac nisl.
Mauris feugiat turpis et blandit ultrices.
Aenean non massa eu diam pellentesque viverra sed eu magna.
Suspendisse eu dui non sem sodales iaculis et eu dui.
Nunc imperdiet ligula aliquam metus viverra, ac ultrices ante consequat.

Creative Commons License
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at sabreking@gmail.com.
  • For printing on paper. (See example)


My Poem
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.

Donec in dolor sit amet quam pharetra molestie auctor ac nisl.

Mauris feugiat turpis et blandit ultrices.
Aenean non massa eu diam pellentesque viverra sed eu magna.
Suspendisse eu dui non sem sodales iaculis et eu dui.
Nunc imperdiet ligula aliquam metus viverra, ac ultrices ante consequat.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.

Hope it helps.
please let me know in the comments if you need more information regarding a specific area. I tried to keep the post simple, so i didn't go deep into explanations.