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The Ins and Outs of Creative Commons.

Posted in Uncategorized by emmajaneallen on November 10, 2010

Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation, founded in 2001 by Lawrence Lessig and describes itself as an expansion of ‘reasonable’, flexible copyright. Being at the forefront of the ‘copyleft’ movement, it attempts to create a viable alternative to ‘all rights reserved’. In an age when artists, photographers and creative people are increasingly wanting to share their art with others it is vital that they have some sort of protection but in a flexible and reliable way. I would particularly like to highlight the value of Creative Commons with regards to http://www.flickr.com.

There are 6 main types of licences that can be obtained through Creative Common:

  1. Attribution – is the licence with which you can let other users copy, distribute, displat and perform your copyrighted work but only if they give you suitable credit.
  2. Non-commercial –  this particular licence enables the user to let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work but for noncommercial purposes only.
  3. No Derivative  Works – means that the creator lets others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.
  4. Share Alike – means that you allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.

The Creative Commons organisation also offers some combinations of these licenses as valid licenses themselves, these include :

  • Attribution alone (by)
  • Attribution + Noncommercial (by-nc)
  • Attribution + NoDerivatives (by-nd)
  • Attribution + ShareAlike (by-sa)
  • Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives (by-nc-nd)
  • Attribution + Noncommercial + ShareAlike (by-nc-sa)



I found this video particularly helpful when attempting to understand licenses and creative commons.


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