What are Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a solution for content creators who wish to have access to attribution-free content from the creative minds behind diverse visuals, music, photos, and more. The open licenses offered by Creative Commons (CC) allow creators to define and communicate the permissible uses of their work for third parties.

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Creative Commons is an entity founded in 2001. The group wants to make the globe more “accessible” so that people can share their efforts and be creative. Presently, there are six Creative Commons licenses offered.

  • Attribution: As long as the inventor is given credit, users are free to modify, expand upon, and use their creations for profit.
  • Attribution-ShareAlike: Users are free to modify and expand upon works in both commercial and non-commercial contexts, provided that they get a license for their new works and provide due acknowledgment to the original author.
  • Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike: This license is the same as the “Attribution-ShareAlike” license, but it prohibits commercial use.
  • Attribution-Non-Commercial: Users are free to use the contents in any manner that they see fit, provided that it isn’t used for profit.
  • Attribution-NoDerivs: Users are free to use the content in any way they see fit, provided that no changes are made to it and recognition is given to the original creator.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: Users are not permitted to alter or misuse the creation for commercial reasons.

Creative Commons licenses have four elements:

  • Attribution (BY): “BY” stands for “attribution.” This implies that you have to provide credit to the work’s creator if you want to use it. All Creative Commons licenses need this criterion (CC0 does not need, although according to the CC FAQs, it is not a “license”).
  • Share Alike (SA): The term “Share Alike” refers to the requirement that any adaptation you make of a work covered by this license has to be licensed with the very same or similar license.
  • Non-Commercial: NC indicates that the work is limited to use for non-commercial purposes. According to NC licenses, non-commercial means “not mainly meant for or targeted towards commercial gain or financial compensation.” A work licensed under CC BY-NC may be used in a non-commercial capacity by a for-profit business.
  • Non Derivatives: ND indicates that while you are free to use and publish the work in its initial form, you are not allowed to share a modified version of it. A common instance of picture adaptation is changing its color, blurring it, or superimposing another picture on top of it.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I share Creative Commons?

It is advised that you give proper credit to the Title, Author, Source, and License whenever you reuse content that is licensed under Creative Commons. This holds applicable regardless of whether you have modified the work or are sharing it exactly as it is.

What is the advantage of using Creative Commons?

CC licenses offer a standardized method for everyone to authorize the public to use what they have created under copyright law, from small-scale individuals to prominent institutions.

Is YouTube under a CC license?

Creative Commons licenses offer a standardized method to authorize others to use your work. YouTube enables creators to mark their videos with a Creative Commons CC BY license.

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