411 For Creatives


The legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, or music, and to authorize others to do the same.

Creative Commons

Enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Creative work

A manifestation of creative effort but not limited to artwork, literature, music, and paintings.


To permit the use of something or to allow an activity to occur.


Take the work of someone else and claim it as your own.


The unauthorized use of someone's work.

Public Domain

The state of being available, and therefore not subject to copyright.

Fair Use

Purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.