A Word in Your Shell-Like…

A word about #eltpics’ Creative Commons licence

#eltpics are created and curated by people involved in some way in teaching and training, especially in ELT. From the very beginning the idea has been for these to be a useful and used resource in the classroom, on blogs etc.. The success of #eltpics and the associated blogs https://takeaphotoand.wordpress.com and http://burningquestionnaire.wordpress.com has been phenomenal. The culture of co-operation and shared ideas is alive and well and hugely evident in these initiatives.

It’s great to see that the images are being put to such splendid use in classrooms and on blogs all over the world. As we become more digitally literate, we should share a sense of responsibility with our students. By using a Creative Commons (CC) resource such as #eltpics (and making clear that we are using a CC resource by using proper attribution) we are highlighting an important area of present and future digital literacy.

The licence associated with #eltpics is Attribution Non-Commercial Use. [link to http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ ] In practical terms, this is quite straightforward in most areas. One area which has caused some concern has been the use of #eltpics in blogs/ webpages which use advertising. If the revenue from the advertising goes to the blogger/ author then that blog page and its content are commercial and, as such, the use of an #eltpics image is not allowed under the CC licence. However, one thing to remember is that you can always get in touch with the photographer and they can waive any of the conditions.

Attribution
Under the attribution aspect of the Creative Commons licence, any use of an image from #eltpics has to be annotated with a suitable attribution. This can be put after the image, at the end of a page, blog, slideshow etc.. As people have asked about how to attribute #eltpics in blogs on worksheets etc., we thought it might be useful to set out an attribution guideline following the Creative Commons license recommendations. So…

From 01/07/2012 the following guidelines apply to attributing #eltpics.

If you’re using an unmodified, original #eltpic, the attribution should read like this:

“Photo taken from http://flickr.com/eltpics by @ij64, used under a CC Attribution Non-Commercial licence, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/”

If you’re using derivative work:

Reflecting in Red

“Image made using a photo taken from http://flickr.com/eltpics by @ij64, used under a CC Attribution Non-Commercial licence, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/”

If you’re using more than one #eltpics image the twitter names can be listed:

                                                           The Colour of Summer

“Image made using photos taken from http://flickr.com/eltpics by @ij64, @goldsteinben, @elt_pics used under a CC Attribution Non-Commercial licence, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/”

If you use #eltpics a lot, then it may be worth keeping a copy of these attributions to hand so they can be copied and pasted (with relevant twitter username )
As we move towards #eltpic 10,000 (ha! Unbelievable!) I hope more and more people get involved with contributing and using this fabulous resource. As always, huge thanks go out to all those who’ve been involved in the contribution, uploading and promoting of these images that say so much.

Victoria Boobyer
@elt_pics

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