A letter to Creative Commons, Part 2

Dear CeeCee,

How are you friend?  It’s been a while since I last wrote.  Not fair.  You get to hear about me so little when I hear about you and how you’re doing all the time!  You’re breaking ground and I have a front row seat to your success.  Good on you 🙂

CC, can I just say, following your work has been nothing short of amazing.  I get it now, what you’re doing.  And it makes so much sense:  Work is created.  Creators want to put their work out there.  Sometimes their work inspires others.  Others borrow it for inspiration but give credit to creators.  It’s just like a very good friend reminded me recently, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” – Charles Caleb Colton (Public domain btw ;)).

But you know what? I’m a visual learner, and this infographic really helped me:

Photo credit: https://www.gcflearnfree.org/useinformationcorrectly/module/12/print
Photo credit: https://www.gcflearnfree.org/useinformationcorrectly/

I get questions about you all the time, especially from some that have heard about you but are still having trouble understanding your ideology.  For most, material out there is one or the other: private (copyright) or public (free-for-all).  So your idea of shared material is new to them, as it was to me when I wrote you last, so I get it.  But infographics make explaining what you’re all about so much easier!  I plan to use this infographic in the future to help me spread the word of the great work you’re doing CC, anyone who creates material and wants to share it, and everyone who borrows material and/or is inspired by others, now has a good understanding of how to share material online.  Genius!

Anyway CC, I hope you continue to do as well as you have and that your message keeps spreading, especially among the digital natives that create content everyday and inspire themselves by others’ work.  There’s so much out there after all!

Sincerely your friend,



A letter to Creative Commons, Part 1

Dear Creative Commons,

I’m writing to you to tell you how much I admire you and your work.  I heard about you for the first time from Jabiz Raisdana at the Learning 2.012 Conference in Beijing.  I love the idea of everyone’s creativity being shared and ‘piggybacked’ on by others.  Like the ripples of some endless sea of collaboration.  Really, kudos to this.

But CC, (can I call you CeeCee?) I’m having some conflicting thoughts about this sharing and collaboration system.  I value creativity greatly, mainly because I’m not very creative myself and I admire people who are.  I’m lucky that I’m surrounded by creative minds, some are family members, others colleagues, and of course, students of all ages.   I’m usually not the one creating, but the one being inspired or prompted by others’ creativity.  And from that creativity, I have had some success… Because of what someone else has created that inspired me.  So here’s the thing: I. Feel. Bad.  And it’s not that I’m not giving others credit, I just think they deserve more than just that.  Should I feel this way? Do you have any advice for me to appease my conflicting thoughts? I really hope you do 🙂

Anyway CC, I’ve been asked by COETAIL to think and reflect on you, and use you as well.  I’m learning how to embed pictures and Jeff, our fearless leader, is adding a CC license on our blog.  Or wait, maybe I’m supposed to do that…?  Still wrapping my head around course 2.  I’ll get there.  But your thoughts would be greatly appreciated CC! And I really hope that as I explore, well, you, during this course; that it helps me understand you better and my admiration for you is only reinforced!!

Ceci (Seh-See) Gomez-Galvez
Teacher & COETAILer