Understanding Creative Commons to Fuel Your Creativity [PODCAST]

Beyond offering free, copyright licenses to anyone who would like to use them, Creative Commons also provides a great search tool, allowing you to find CC works across 13 different platforms and search engines, including Google, Flickr and Soundcloud. It is noted that search.creativecommons.org is not a search engine, and Creative Commons does not have control over the results that are returned. When searching for works, you should always double check the attributions to ensure they are accurate based on your requirements. The CC search was developed to help the public discover works offered under Creative Commons licenses on the internet via the different search engines and repositories.

There are 6 CC licenses to choose from:

Attribution

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.”

Attribution-NoDerivs 

This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.”

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 

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.”

Attribution-ShareAlike

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.”

Attribution-NonCommercial

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.”

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs

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.”

Check out the CC FAQ for answers to every question you could ever have about Creative Commons.

If you can, be sure to donate to Creative Commons to show your support.

Resources from this Podcast

Creative Commons:
http://creativecommons.org

Introduction to the licenses and how they work:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/

Open Policy Network:
http://openpolicynetwork.org/

Team Open:
http://teamopen.cc/

  • Afton, loved the Podcast! I use the search.creativecommons.org site all the time. I’ll have to stop over and make a donation to them.

    • Awesome, Brandon! They’re a fantastic organization, and one that deserves the support.

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