What you need to know about the creative commons license

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Source – https://creativecommons.org/about/downloads

Creative Commons is an online platform that allows you to legally share your work or creation on the internet. It is a non-profit organization that seeks to make knowledge, creativity and information accessible to the masses. 

There are 6 licensing categories under the creative commons scheme. Creators can choose the best licensing category to share their work with the world. 

1. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Share – Copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

Adapt – Remix, transform and build upon the material for any purpose even commercially

View full license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

2. Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Share – Copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

Adapt – Remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially 

View full license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

3. Attribution- No Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

Share – Copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format for any purpose, even commercially

View full license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/

4. Attribution – Non commercial 4.0 international (CC-BY-NC 4.0)

Share – Copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format 

Adapt – Remix, transform and build upon the material

View full license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

5. Attribution – Non commercial – ShareAlike – 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Share – Copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format. 

Adapt – Remix, transform and build upon the material

View full license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

6. Attribution – Non commercial – No Derivatives – 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) 

Share – copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.

View full license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Does that mean a total copyright free for all?

Yes. As long as you provide adequate credit and include a link to the license.

You may include the creative commons button on your work or website to make it known to your audience that your work belongs in the creative commons and distribution rights are according to the licenses. 

It is perhaps better to leave your audience with a visible criteria of use and distribution of your work. People who wish to quote your work now have a better idea of how they can obtain permission to use your work or how much they would have to pay if you charge for reuse or if under the CC 4.0 license, how they can freely quote and attribute your work. Greater transparency, less misunderstandings. 

Follow the steps below to see how you can insert the CC html code. 

https://creativecommons.org/choose/#metadata

 

If you are publishing a work retrieved from the public domain, it is better to attribute it with CC’s public domain button. 

Does the license have any weight in the court of law?

Yes. Creative Common’s licenses are formatted in such a way that they are enforceable internationally. CC claims that the licenses have never been held unenforceable or invalid in a court of law.

All set! Now share your creative juices with the world!

 

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