Creative Commons

My most popular video on YouTube (by far) is one where I recite the Martin
Niemöller poem First They Came for The Communists. It’s been on the site over 10 years and has received to date about 54,000 views. Interestingly the views spiked when Donald Trump came into power – make of that what you need to.

I was very aware at the time that I hadn’t actually written the poem and it contained an important sentiment for people to hear, so I was happy to give it a Creative Commons licence so it could be shared far and wide, hopefully in educational settings among others.

But I was a little disappointed to find later that someone had copied my video in its entirety. I guess thems the breaks when you post stuff online, I thought. But couldn’t they have at least acknowledged the actor in the video, if not the channel from which it came?

Creative Commons provides a fantastic resource, as long as we all play by the rules. I’ve never met Swiss Beatboxer Pepouni – I’d love to – but I think it’s really great he’s made his work freely available through Creative Commons so I can welcome people to my Home page with it, properly credited of course.

The Creative Commons Licence states that “Every Creative Commons licence includes By Attribution (BY), this requires that the creator of the work be credited and a link (or URL) be provided back to the online source of the work.” So I got in touch with the stealer – sorry Sharer of my video, and asked them to credit me as the originator of it. We shall see if they play ball.

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