Creative Commons Licenses and the Professional Photographer

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Creative Commons Licenses and the Professional Photographer
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Recently Creative Commons announced the release of the 4.0 version of the CC licenses. There are some controversial elements in the license like the waiving of certain moral and copyright-like rights; however, one of the most shocking things to come out of the release is the discussion surrounding what constitutes a work. Here Creative Commons lawyers offer an opinion that copyright extends to the underlying work not the file supplied.

http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Frequently_Asked_Questions#Can_I_apply_a_CC_license_to_low-resolution_copies_of_a_licensed_work_and_reserve_more_rights_in_high-resolution_copies.3F

Essentially what this means is if you have ever provided a Creative Commons license for a low-resolution image to an organization such as Wikipedia (or Flickr) that the license extends to your hi-res version as well. Moreover, even if you had applied additional restrictions to the CC license in an effort to limit the license to the low res version, Creative Commons indicates these can be ignored for re-use purposes.

http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Frequently_Asked_Questions#Can_I_enter_into_separate_or_supplemental_agreements_with_users_of_my_work.3F

Right now Wikipedia is struggling with this fact and it may affect literally hundreds of thousands of images that were provided by individuals and museums under the impression their low res versions would be free to use but the higher res version would still be "all rights reserved" .

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