What is a Creative Commons License?

By Jessica Fox and Grace Caldwell

What is Creative Commons?

"Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

The Creative Commons offers free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of the creators choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”" (https://creativecommons.org/about/)

"If you want to give people the right to share, use, and build upon work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified." (https://creativecommons.org/about/)

Who could benefit from a Creative Commons License?

  • People that want to share and use their photographs, but not allow companies to sell them.
  • People looking for access to course materials from the world’s top universities.
  • People who want to encourage readers to re-publish their blog posts, as long as they give the author credit.
  • People looking for songs that they can use and remix, royalty-free.
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Creative Commons licences explained

History of Creative Commons

Creative Commons started in 2001

In December 2002, it released its first free copyrights licenses.

By 2003, there were approximately 1 million copyrights in use from CC!

Today, there are estimated 1 billion CC licensed works.


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Creative Commons - What is it and why should you care?