411 for Creatives

How not to get ripped of by someone else!


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

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

Creative Work

A creative person has the ability to invent and develop original ideas, especially in the arts.


A permit from an authority to own or use something, do a particular thing, or carry on a trade.


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.

Public Domain

  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.