Understanding Creative Commons Licensing for Digital Assets

Engagement Details


In the social media driven environment of shared content, the traditional "All Rights Reserved" copyright protection is not often an effective form of protecting our rights in digital asset usage. In this engagement, you will learn about the six Creative Commons (CC) licensing options as alternatives to the traditional copyright designed for Internet-based resources. Additionally, you will explore methods for locating and attributing CC licenses assets for your personal and professional use.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand what Creative Commons is
  2. The six types of Creative Commons licenses
  3. Which licenses allow for adaptations of work
  4. Which licenses allow for commercial use of work
  5. Platforms which support Creative Commons licensing
  6. How to search the Commons
  7. How to provide attribution when using licensed materials

About the Author

Eric Schmieder

Eric Schmieder

Eric Schmieder has taught computer technology courses in curriculum-based, continuing education, and corporate training environments since 2001.

Eric has maintained expert-level certification in Microsoft Office since Office XP, has over 30 years of programming experience, two decades of web design experience, and is a sought after presenter for conferences, workshops, and professional development seminars.

He has authored and co-authored several textbooks on computer technologies, including his recently released book, Web, Database, and Programming: A foundational approach to data-driven application development using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, MySQL, and PHP, First Edition.

His professor and mentor at Western Carolina University, Dr. William Perry, instilled a mantra that remains true today and will serve as a guiding principle as he shares what he has learned - and continues to learn - with you in this course. "Learn to love to learn. Technology is always changing!"

Video Preview


  • Engagement Overview / Creative Commons Use (18 min 33 sec)
  • Creative Commons Licensing Overview
  • Locating Creative Commons Licensed Materials
  • Attribution of Licensed Materials
  • Searching for Creative Commons Licensed Digital Assets
  • Engagement Summary (2 min 39 sec)
  • Knowledge Check