What is Creative commons?
Founded on the 15th of January 2001 by Lawrence Lessig, Creative Commons is an American nonprofit organization. It is a platform devoted to expanding the range of creative works available to others to build on them in a legal manner. Creative has released a number of copyright licenses dubbed "Creative Commons licenses”. These licenses are free of charge to the public and through them, creators can state which rights they have reserved.
The combination of tools and users under creative provide a vast and growing digital commons. Content can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed and built upon within the boundaries of copyright law.
Every one of their licenses is valid worldwide and lasts as long as applicable copyrights last. The common features Creative offers serve as the baseline. Licensors can choose to grant additional permissions depending on how they want their work to be used and the nature of your work.
Every Creative Commons license is geared towards helping a creator and a licensor should have the following in mind before submitting copyright:
• Do I want to allow commercial use of my product?
• Do I want to allow derivatives to work?
• Should anyone that uses my work make the new work available under the same license terms?
Creative Commons licenses do not affect freedoms granted to users of creative works. These freedoms include but are not limited to exceptions and limitations to copyright law like fair dealing. Licensees are required to get permission to do anything with a work that the law reserves exclusively to a licensor. Licensees are also required to credit the licensor and keep copyright notices intact on all copies of the work. Technological measures cannot be used by licensees to restrict access to work by others.
Creative Commons licenses incorporate a unique and innovative three-layer design, the first of which is a legal code layer. This is a traditional legal tool in a language and text format mostly understood by legal practitioners. Secondly, the commons deed. Also known as the human readable version of the license. It summarizes and expresses some of the most important terms and conditions. Finally, a machine readable version of the license. It is a summary of the key freedoms and obligations written into a format that software systems understand. The Creative Commons Rights Expression Language is a standardized way that helps to describe the license to the software.
This license lets
others distribute, remix, tweak and build upon your work. They can
even do it commercially as long as they credit you for the original
creation. It is the most accommodative license offered and it is
recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed
This one lets others
remix, tweak and build upon your work even for commercial purposes as
long as they credit you and license their new creations under the
It allows for
redistribution of commercial and non-commercial content as long as it
is passed along unchanged and in whole with credit to you.
This license lets
others remix, tweak and build upon your work non-commercially. Their
new work must acknowledge you and be non-commercial. They don’t
have to license their derivatives works on same terms.
It lets others remix,
tweak and build upon your work as long as they credit you and license
their new creations under the identical terms.
The most restrictive of
the six main licenses. It only allows others to download your works
and share them with others as long as they credit but they cannot
change them in any way or use them commercially.