What Is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons

Actually I’ve written this article long time ago with the title Licensing Your Works
But seems like there are still some people do not really understand what is Creative Commons yet, so I will try to write again with more detail information, and I am going to make it as easy to understand as possible.
Some of the contents in this article will be quote from the Creative Commons website, as I think it would be the best to avoid delivering wrong information.

So, what is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons is something like Copyright ©.
The difference is, things that is copyrighted with “Copyright ©” does not allow you to copy the contents and republish it else where.
If lets say you are running a website or a blog, or even make your photo albums available to the public on the Internet. You allow other people to share them all over the Internet, but you wanted to reserve your rights on these contents which people are sharing them all over the Internet. Then Creative Commons is something you need, instead of “Copyright ©”.

From the picture at above, you can see there are several icons. These are the icons of several rights you wanted impose on your works.

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 What Is Creative Commons? by Garfield is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

  • MakLaN

    To introduce CC among public, there’s must any printed material that implies the licence(s). Yup, for online publication it’s already commonly used, but does ppl read the legal notice?

  • Usually they won’t read.
    This is why we have something else to remind them to read it.
    Which is DMCA.
    The next article will be about DMCA.
    🙂

  • by far one of the best explanations I’ve read on this subject of Creative Commons thanks mang

  • @Mr.Butcher*
    thx! but I believe there is far better ones.
    Some of my friends do not understand what is this article all about…