411 For Creatives

Not How To Steal


the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same

Creative Commons

A licensing concept created by Creative Commons that builds upon traditional copyright practices to define possibilities that exist between the standard "all rights reserved" full copyright and public domain "no rights reserved". A Creative Commons license lets you dictate how others may use your work. The Creative Commons license allows you to keep your copyright but allows others to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit and only on the conditions you specify. For online work you can select a license that generates "Some Rights Reserved" or a "No Rights Reserved" button and statement for your published work.

Creative Works

Creative works have in common a degree of arbitrariness, such that it is improbable that two people would independently create the same work. At its base creative work involves two main steps--having an idea, and then turning that idea into a reality. The term is frequently used in the context of copyright[1]


The verb license or grant license means to give permission.


take (the work or an idea of someone else) and pass it off as one's own.


the unauthorized use or reproduction of another's work.

Public Domain

the state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, and therefore not subject to copyright.

Fair Use

  1. (in US copyright law) the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.