Reserved Rights, “Some” against “All”  

                               some rights reserved Vs.        allrights reserved

Protecting peoples’ intellectual works is a growing concern in the digital world, especially, in regards to creating, accessing and sharing scholarly information. The Creative Commons (CC) licenses allow access to and use of other peoples’ works with “some rights reserved” whereas owner of original work allow  digital content users to modify, distribute, share and reproduce their work with commercial or non-commercial intentions while retaining their copyrights. The CC license ensures that the owners get the credit for their work by being cited or acknowledged ( Perhaps, the most creative thing in the ownership of the CC licenses is the idea that digital content can be downloaded and shared legally under some conditions while giving other people permission to reuse and share ones’ work. In his study, Kim’s (2007) revealed that CC licenses helps in inventing innovations, secure interests of creators and ensure users interest by providing “a pool of cultural works that everyone can use and by facilitating later creations”  ( Kim’s study (ibid) showed positive relationship between production of creative works and use of CC Licenses in which more than 51.8% of study participants said they licensed their works under CC licenses because they believed in sharing, followed by 72 (25.7%) who said they wanted to build their reputations via making their work widely available over the Internet. Twenty-five CC licensors (8.9%) said they used CC licenses because they expected a wide dissemination of their work might bring future opportunities to make money (Kim, 2007).

Unlike authors who provide CC licenses, authors who assign copyright-related rights to their works refuse to license any right to other people to distribute, modify, publish or sell their work. Hence, “all right reserved” tag is applied for legal implications if copyright is infringed. For more information on CC licenses watch this video:

Open Platforms with CC Licenses 

There are various platforms which provide open learning contents under the CC licenses, these include but not limited to Flickr, Jamendo, Spinxpress, Youtube, Google web; Google image, Wikimedia Commons and multimedia repository of Wikipedia etc. However, “CC has no way to determine what has and hasn’t been placed under the terms of a CC license” ( A background check is user’s responsibility in order to avoid copyrights disputes.

Caveat prompter    caveat

CC licenses may have improperly licensed digital contents from people who are not real owners, hence, using them is to commit copyright infringement. Authors are advised to contact publishers/authors to double check before applying the CC licenses in their works (Kelley Keller,

 CC – License Benefits

The CC license movement continues to gain international attention whereby several countries including big international organizations have started to apply them ( implying that the use of digital contents through CC licenses has more advantages than disadvantages. Knowledge expansion and opportunity for creativity from different idea angles are likely to benefit many Kokcharov

Although learners have opportunity to acquire and share knowledge/innovative ideas in an open collaborative knowledge eco-systems (Hey, 2009), it needs personal integrity to ensure that the shared knowledge/ideas are not used for “toxic” or harmful innovations as in creation of nuclear or biological weapons. Innovations need solely be for improving lives and serving the world from calamities. Hence, the CC licenses must always be applied with sincerity and wisdom.


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  2. Hey, T., Tansley, S., & Tolle, K. M. (2009). The fourth paradigm: data-intensive scientific discovery(Vol. 1). Redmond, WA: Microsoft research. (T Hey)
  3. Hierarchy of Skills. jpg
  4. Kim, M. (2007). The Creative Commons and copyright protection in the digital era: Uses of Creative Commons licenses. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), 187-209.
  5. Wanna Work together?





What is Creative in Creative Commons Licenses’ Ownership?