Creative Commons


Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation set up by Lawrence Lessig, Hal Abelson and Eric Eldred in California, USA. Creative Commons aims to provide a new way for content producers to easily communicate which rights they retain and what rights people who use their content have. Creative Commons is trying to change the standard “all rights reserved”, which is attached to most pieces of film, video, audio pieces and physical artworks, to the more flexible “some rights reserved”.

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People who release work under a Creative Commons license have several different licensing agreements to choose from. The idea behind this is to make it easy for the producer to have the ability to select what rights they wish to retain and what limitations apply to what their content can be used for.

Licensing Options

Below is a list of the different licenses available under Creative Commons;
external image 40px-Cc-by_new.svg.pngAttribution (by) People who use this content have the right to copy, distribute, manipulate, display, use, perform, or make other works using the original piece provided they credit the original artist.
external image 40px-Cc-nc.svg.pngNoncommercial (nc) People who use this content have the right to copy, distribute, manipulate, display, use, perform, or make other works using the original piece provided it’s for non commercial work.
external image 40px-Cc-nd.svg.pngNo Derivative Works (nd) People who use this content have the right to copy, distribute, display, use and perform the content as long as they do not change it in any way.
external image 40px-Cc-sa.svg.pngShare-alike (sa) People who share their content allow people to use their content as long as they release the new content created under the same licence.
It’s commonplace that several of the above licenses are mixed and matched in order for the licensee to be completely happy with how their content is used.

There are many services online that allow users to upload their content using a Creative Commons license. Flickr is probably one of the most notable ones but others such as GrooveShark and TheFreeSoundProject , DeviantArt.com and Lulu.TV exist. These are but a few examples but it’s important that people who are looking for Creative Commons content make sure they follow the licensing agreement or be prepared to face a court case.

Links

Creative Commons Official Website
What is Creative Commons?

Media

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