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How to use and attribute Creative Commons originals for derivative works at ipernity?

How to use and attribute Creative Commons originals for derivative works at ipernity? 

This work is a derivative of Long Island City New York May 2015 panorama 3 by King of Hearts used under CC BY-SA, remixed on Mirror Lab Android app and respectively licenced under CC BY-SA by Sami Serola


Respect ipernity guide of good conduct

I decided to delete my earlier Creative Commons how-tos, and provide a revised one. That is because I realized that earlier I was breaching ipernity Guide of good conduct, where the following is said:

"Make sure you are the author of any content that you publish."

So, to become an author of the content, one has to remix the original somehow, in order to create a new derivative work. It means that just republishing the original authored by someone else, here at ipernity, one would breach the ipernity Guide of good conduct. It doesn't even matter under what license that original is published at first. Here at ipernity one should publish one's own contents only.

Best practices for attribution

When you do base your derivative work onto some original shared under Creative Commons license, then you should try to follow the best practices for attribution. The bottom line is that one should try to make it easy for the audience to find:

● Where the original work can be found
● Who is the author of the original work
● Under what Creative Commons licence the original has been shared

Moreover, it is recommended to help the audience to respect the Creative Commons attribution of your derivative work. Which is why it is good to explain:

● What remix is done (not necessary in case of derivative work where the modification is and should be rather extreme)
● Where one should refer to in order to find you as an author of the new derivative work
● What Creative Commons attribution (license) one should respect when citing to your work

Finally you need to properly licence your work here at ipernity. For example on this case I needed to license this image respectively under CC BY SA (see the authorizations and license on the right margin).

So, the original that I used is shared at Wikimedia Commons by King of Hearts under Creative Commons Attribution + Share Alike. There the "share alike" means that one can make derivative works, but then those derivative works has to be again shared under the same attribution. Meaning that anyone can again make some remixes based on my work, and again has to respect the same attribution.

I am not sure how one should license and cite the new derivative work based on this derivative work of mine. But I guess it would be enough if one treats my work as an original of that new creation. Audience can then follow the citation and links to find my work here. And then the audience can again find out that this image here is also based on some previous image shared under CC BY SA.

By the way, the BY part on the Creative Commons license means "attribution", which means that one need to give credit to the author(s). So, it is important part of CC license. For example the license I have defined here on right margin has word "Attribution", which is the same as BY, and asks one to credit me if and when ever using or sharing this image of mine. Just as I credited King of Hearts under my image.


Tricky? Yes, it is. But the paramount thing here is to use ipernity only for works that are original enough to become authored by you. Moreover, if you ever like to use someone else's images to create something new, you should respect the licences of the work(s) where your derivative creation is based on. In my opinion that should be the case also if and when one uses so called free images (e.g. public domain) or copyright protected images. One need to remix the used material enough to claim the creation is something new.

What comes to copyright, please consider reading my Copyright is tough, but it tries to be fair... blog article.


There is a tiny exception on what comes to ipernity guide of good conduct. Any "content" that one can embed and inline link anywhere here at ipernity is allowed. For example, one can embed Deezer audios, Youtube videos on blog articles, and even inline link external images. However, one should still think what is appropriate and ethical. So, for example it is nice to tell to the audience what the embedded content is about and where it is embedded from. Especially so, if there is no indication on the embedded content letting one know where the content is embedded or inline linked from.

For example this Deezer audio embed code does make it clear enough that it is embedded into this image caption:

Thank you for reading =)


P.S. And if you ever see Creative Commons license saying "Attribution + no derivative", then you shouldn't do even this, not here at ipernity! That license states that one should not alter the original in any way without explicit permission given by the author of the original work. So, you can't then make a derivative work to share it at ipernity.

Spotomy, Nora Caracci, diedje, and 26 other people have particularly liked this photo

26 comments - The latest ones
neira-Dan club
ah !! Excellent !! à en perdre le nord !!
5 months ago.
Sami Serola club has replied to neira-Dan club
Merci, Dan =)
5 months ago.
©UdoSm club
Well done Sami...
5 months ago.
Sami Serola club has replied to ©UdoSm club
Thank you, Udo =)
5 months ago.
 @ngélique ♥
@ngélique ♥ club
merci Sami ! bonne journée
5 months ago.
Sami Serola club has replied to @ngélique ♥ club
Merci, Angélique =)
5 months ago.
Xata club
Great explanation work! I am glad this doesn't apply to me, LOL!
5 months ago.
Sami Serola club has replied to Xata club
Funny things is that we all should have read "the small text on bottom of the page" but yet, after 5-6 years I keep on discovering new things about ipernity! =D
5 months ago.
polytropos club
Great job!
Somehow it reminds me on "The Fifth Element" :-)
5 months ago.
Sami Serola club has replied to polytropos club
Surprisingly I have not (yet) seen that film!
5 months ago.
polytropos club has replied to Sami Serola club
It's really worth it! Even if it is already over 20 years old! :-)
5 months ago.
Sami Serola club has replied to polytropos club
At that time I read the reviews, which were not very flattering, and therefore decided not to go to movies. Then I sort of forgot the whole film. So, now would be a good time to watch it from TV. I need to find out if it is available on some paid channel or at online video renting service.
5 months ago.
Sami Serola club has replied to polytropos club
Turned out that I had seen it, and now seen it again. Yes, it is a great and humorous film! =)

Funny all those intertextual references: Blade runner, Titanic, James Bond etc.
5 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
Perfect, Sami, the picture as well as your excellent research and its elaboration!
I hope they receive widespread attention.
5 months ago.
Sami Serola club has replied to * ઇઉ * club
I hope so too.
5 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
5 months ago.
 Christine Schiller
Christine Schiller club
Excellent work!
5 months ago.
Sami Serola club has replied to Christine Schiller club
Thank you, Christine.
5 months ago.
 Clickity Click
Clickity Click club
Like the image Sami and thanks for the update.
5 months ago.
Sami Serola club has replied to Clickity Click club
You are welcome, Chris =)
5 months ago.
 Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett club
Thanks for the update, Sami
5 months ago.
Sami Serola club has replied to Gillian Everett club
You are welcome, Gillian =)
5 months ago.
 Cheryl Kelly (cher12861 on flickr)
Cheryl Kelly (cher12… club
So cool!
5 months ago.
Sami Serola club has replied to Cheryl Kelly (cher12… club
Thank you, Cheryl =)
5 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
GREAT work, really artistic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and very good notes too !
2 months ago.

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