How-To Cite Creative Commons

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Whether you work for a church, ministry, blog, or business that uses images, you have run into the Creative Commons licenses. You may never have read them before and do not know what you should or should not be doing or you may be very affluent in what you can and cannot do, but that does not take away from how much it can impact you in the future. To not do so will leave you open for trouble in the future. DO NOT let ignorance be your only excuse.

Here are three facts that you seem astonishing and you should know:

  • There are 227+ million photos under the Creative Commons license, but more than 99% of them are not attributed properly!
  • Attribution means you can do nearly anything to it, but you still must cite the original work to the creator. Attribution-noncommerical-noderivs is the most restrictive and only allows you to download the original work while crediting the original creator.
  • Only 30% of photos under the Creative Commons license can be used commercially.

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Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith is a Christian first, husband and father next, and then a blogger, writer, and social media realist. Besides helping churches Level Up their digital marketing platforms and church tech ministries through the blog and direct consultations, he loves to spend time with his family and serving in the church with infant daycare and marital and pre-marital counseling. He is currently an outpatient clinician at a Colorado Community Behavioral Health Center and previously worked at Youth for Christ/USA as the Social Media Specialist as well as a Youth Ministry Director over the span of more than ten years. He has received his Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary, Masters of Arts in Family Ministry from Winebrenner Theological Seminary, and Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering from Ohio Northern University.


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