Creative Commons

“Creative Commons is a non-profit that offers an alternative to full copyright.”

creativecommons.org

Share Alike means:
You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.

No Derivative Works means:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.

Attribution means:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work – and derivative works based upon it – but only if they give you credit.

Noncommercial means:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work – and derivative works based upon it – but for noncommercial purposes only.

 

Why is it important?

A Creative Commons license is important because it encourages sharing. A person interested in a work under a Creative Commons licenses doesn’t have to track down the author and ask for permission to use the work. This allows for quick and easy sharing methods because it cuts out the time factor – the time it takes to track down the author and the time it takes for an author to grant or deny the permission being sought.

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