Today I was introduced to this term-Creative Commons also known as CC. As usual, it would be surprisingly unusual if I were to know this. So, there isn’t any other way to learn about this but to go online searching for the information. That was where I found the link:
This Creative Commons was founded on 2001 and by 2009, it was estimated to have provided 350millions licensing works
So, what does it actually do?
Surely, everyone is familiar with the term copy right reserved ® where it protects any kind of works and you would need permission (if granted) to use it. The hassle of having to go through this made a lot of people (artists, scientists etc) who would just want to share their works with others joined the team- the Creative Commons team
How is differ from ®?
Creative Commons is actually a license that is applied to a work that is protected by copyright. It’s not separate from copyright, but instead is a way of easily sharing copyrighted work.
Not everyone needs or wants all those protections. But if they spent the time to license the work each and every time someone was interested in using it, they’d spend a lot of time and money on letting people use their work.Because copyright is magical, a good chunk of what’s created is automatically protected by copyright. Copyright confers some pretty heavy duty protections so that others don’t use your work without your permission.
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that provides licensing structures people can use to license their copyrighted work to anyone willing to abide by the licensing terms. It makes it easy to share work without giving up total control or spending countless hours granting permissions.
How is used?
These simple info graphic gives an idea of how CC is used.
Creative Commons licensing uses four basic restrictions:
This requires people who use your work to attribute it to you.
No cropping the image to cut off your name or, worse, replacing your name with theirs.
They have to let people know that you are the creator or licensor of your work.
This means that they can use your work so long as they aren’t using it for a commercial purpose.
What’s that mean? Creative Commons defines commercial use as “primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or private monetary compensation.”
If you want to take the licensed image and incorporate it into your add free website of freelancer resources,you can do that.
A derivative work is a work that modifies the original copyrighted work. So a movie is a derivative work of a novel. You don’t have to have such radical changes to constitute a derivative work, though; a sequel to a novel is also a derivative work.
If a work is shared under a No Derivatives license, they can use your work as long as they don’t modify it.
One of the more permissive restrictions, share alike allows others to use and modify your work so long as they allow others to use and modify the work they create using your work.
*All Creative Commons licenses carry the attribution requirement. You can mix and match the other restrictions that feel best to you. Attribution Share Alike, Attribution Share Alike Non Commercial, Attribution No Derivatives, etc., etc.
The only two restrictions that don’t play well with one another are the Share Alike and No Derivative restrictions.
Who’s with ?
Creative Commons obviously was and is still is well accepted by individuals and organisations. The global affiliate network that they have in 85 countries along with its 500 volunteers can definitely vouched for that.
In 2009, CCO was launched. CCO was the total opposite of copy rights reserved, which basically waived everything! These self-less individuals/organisations felt that there was a need to share and let others used their works and developed the works further and thus, bringing more new ideas and new information. I personally think that this is amazing! The kind of information sharing that you get have.