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What is “Creative Commons”

February 15, 2007

Creative Commons is an organisation which provides copyright laws, similar to “some rights reserved”.
Instead of using “all right reserved”, producers, artist or any other person who wish to protect his work can use a “Creative Commons” license if they want to partly protect their creations.
There four main categories:

Attribution:
You can distribute, copy, display or perform the creation as long as you give credit to the author.

Non-commercial:
You can distribute, copy, display or perform the creation but not for a commercial purpose.

No derivative work:
You can distribute, copy, display or perform the creation but can amend or manipulate the original creation.

Share alike:
You can distribute, copy, display or perform the creation but if a derivative production is made, it must be released under the same license.

If you produced a piece of art and you would like to protect under a Creative Commons license, you need to generate a page listing you condition and a piece of code that you embed in your web site if so.
Go to http://creativecommons.org/license/ and enter you condition to obtain your own license.

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6 comments

  1. A well written piece. see http://mc536azeem.wordpress.com for more info!


  2. It is helpful that you have provided a link, not sure what else to say


  3. I feel you could have put more examples of how this can be used in practice. However, it is a very clearly laid out and thank you for the link.


  4. Maybe you can add a bit about it being a free tool, where the arist author etc can choose a license they want their work to carry.


  5. I think that you describe the different types successfully and like that you have included a link.


  6. Having written four catgories makes it easy to understand – straight to the point.



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