Key facts about copyright related to CC
- Copyright occurs automatically with the creation of a creative work and lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years.
- Copyright is a bundle of rights.
- Almost everything is copyrighted whether or not the author intends to keep all of those rights.
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What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that aims to make it easier for people share their work with others for varous purposes. Creative Commons allows you, as a user of media, to legally use, share, and repurpose media, such as photographs and music, for free with the permission of the creator. Creative Commons allows for creators of works to release some of their rights so that their works may be used by others. Creative Commons allows creators to have as much or as little control as they want over their products. It allows for more flexibility than traditional copyright.
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Creators choose a set of conditions they wish to apply to their work.
This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.
D This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
s CC BY-NC-ND
This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.
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