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.


With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable

Thomas Buxton, 1886

For most of us Wikipedia is the first stop on any research journey, but I have been finding out there is so much more to the wonderful world of Wikimedia. From buckets of quotes for when your inspiration takes a dip on Wikiquote, to free to use music on Wikimedia Commons, you could even take a course on Voice Acting at Wikiversity.

Feeling uplifted and wanting to share joy with the world I tried to add some epic beat boxing from Wikimedia Commons to my About page, so visitors can bop along to the beat as they read my creative history. But when I went to show my son to prove how down with the kids Mum really is, I found out it only works in selected web browsers. Damn. It’s a real shame they don’t make the music files available in a range of universal formats to satisfy every creative need, I grumbled, then downloaded some wine and went to bed.

However one thing about me is that I’m not easily beaten, or I’m perfectly stubborn, one of the two; so I clicked and read and clicked and read until at last I found an mp3 file, figured out a way to attach it and got it to work.

Ultimately I learned three things throughout this process: 1. Firefox is a far superior web browser; 2. the navigation of Wikimedia Commons is terrible, but if you drill down eventually you will strike gold; 3. perseverance pays off.