Student Blogging Challenge #3 – Creative Commons

Student Blogging Challenge

Dear Readers,

Have you heard of Creative Commons? And did you know that posting a picture that you find on the internet without attributing is stealing? Let me explain.

When you draw or create a picture by hand, only one original copy can exist. This copy can be kept, sold or given to someone. However, on the computer, multiple perfect copies can be created. If it is your picture, you can share a copy, sell a copy or put a copy on the internet. If this happens, anyone can moderate this picture, make more copies, pretend its theirs or just use it without attributing it to you.

But first, what does attribute mean?


In our case, to ‘attribute’ media (images, music, videos etc) means to credit it to the owner, or to say (very simply), “This isn’t mine. It belongs to ______.” You should always do this when inserting pictures onto your blog that aren’t yours.

This is because it is a thing called copyright. When someone takes a picture or makes a video and puts it on the internet, unless they license it, it is their property. Attributing does make things better, however, this doesn’t mean that you are not violating the law.

Just because you find it on google doesn’t make it free…

However, there are some circumstances when you can use any picture. For example, in the U.S, there is a special Copyright Law called Fair Use. This means that anyone can use the picture for specific reasons. Such reasons include – to comment on, criticise, or parody a copyrighted work. They are not using it for themselves, moderating it or selling it as if it is theirs. Therefore, this is allowed.

Here are some straightforward tips for copywriting:

1. You make it, you own it.

2. Just attributing something doesn’t make it ok to use it

3. If you receive permission to use the media, use it! (This includes verbal or written consent.)

4. Using public domain images, your own media. or go to Creative Commons to be absolutely definite you are not stealing. This is the safest way.

5. Just because a picture doesn’t have the ‘©’ symbol or a watermark doesn’t mean it isn’t copyrighted. Just assume EVERY image you see is copyrighted unless on a public domain images site, your own, or on the Creative Commons site.

6.  Just because other people do it doesn’t make it ok. You wouldn’t steal someone’s purse, would you? Taking someone’s image off the internet is no different in terms of law. Just because your friend may do it doesn’t make it right.

7. If you want your images to be accessible to anyone, you can get a license at the global Creative Commons website.

For the Australian law on copyright for blogs, click here. Hope you have learnt a bit about Copyright. Let me know of any comments or questions you have.

Watch this video for more:

Olivia, writing on a whim…



7 thoughts on “Student Blogging Challenge #3 – Creative Commons

  1. Olivia,
    What a brilliant post! You have nailed copyright on the head. I like your two comments:
    Just assume EVERY image you see is copyrighted
    Just because you find it on google doesn’t make it free…

    I hope I can use this post on future challenges on this topic.

    PS You might like to be a mentor on the next challenge in September as you have participated many times already.


    1. Hi Mrs W,
      Thanks a lot for your lovely comment! I would love to be a mentor, however, is this ok as I am a student… I would love you to use this in future challenges! Thanks again,


      1. Olivia,
        Students who have taken part in at least two of the challenges and did a great job with the activities are allowed to be mentors. Just fill in the mentor form when they come out for September (probably early September) on the challenge blog.


  2. Hey Olivia! My name is Katharine, and I love your blog. This post displays attribution so clearly! My english class even looked at it together as an example of a great blog post. It’d mean the world to be if you could check out my blog and give me some feedback because, I value your blogging opinions. Have a great day.


    1. Dear Katharine,
      Thank you for your lovely comment! I am so glad that my posts can come to use for you guys! I think it is so important for people to know about important issues like this, it is so easy to overlook the copyright issues. Of course I will look at your blog. It means the world to me that you have sent such a touching comment. You should find multiple comments from me on your blog. Thanks again for your beautiful comment!
      Olivia, writing on a whim…


  3. Reblogged this on SHOOT THE CANON and commented:

    This is a post about Creative Commons and image copyrighting that I wrote for a previous Student Blogging Challenge and thought it suited Week 3’s challenge! I hope you adopt a good understanding of the topic after reading this post!



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