Acronymfinder.com lists 427 possibilities plus another 250 in their archives. When I was younger, CC was something that my father poured a couple of fingers of when he sat down to watch the Leafs game. Since then, I've CC'd people when I e-mailed and have also seen two C's when I used to watch TV. On Tuesday, our 8Y59 class was fortunate enough to have Rodd Lucier pop by via elluminate to discuss the meaning and implications of Creative Commons licensing.
Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica: "If [a human law] conflicts with natural law in any way, then it is not a law but a corruption of law." Then there's the slightly sophistic argument that in the real world, we'll have access to resources so why is it necessary to memorize things for a test. With videos on Youtube teaching us how to cheat on tests, there are many incentives and arguments as to why cheating could be seen as not such a bad thing.
Traditionally, copyright was granted to the creator of something for 50 years beyond his or her death which afforded the artist 'all rights reserved' protection. Once this copyright expired, the creation became public domain, which allows us all of those wonderful and free downloads of classic literature from Project Gutenberg. Mmmm ... free classic books ... my Kobo loves this provision. But, some artists may wish to offer people rights to use their work before it becomes public domain. Some artists and musicians have recognized that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Others see the marketing possibilities of allowing people to use their creations as a means to getting the word out. And to fill the gap between all rights reserved and public domain, Creative Commons licensing was defined.
In response to Creative Commons licensing, many sites now offer services that echo creative commons permissions. dig.ccmixter.org has a playlist of music that is available for people to incorporate into their works of art. The Prelinger Archives contains a series of movies that are in the public domain. Sal Khan's Academy allows teachers to incorporate his lesson plans into their own presentations.
Rodd ended his presentation with a confirmation that Creative Commons licensing presents an important learning opportunity for our students. Many of us learned a great deal through Rodd's presentation, and he reminded us that our students and teacher colleagues would likely benefit from greater familiarity with Creative Commons licensing.