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Creative Commons: “Share, reuse, and remix:legally”


Always heard the term creative commons? But never knew what exactly it is? Well creative common is the best way to let your creativity be accessed by the masses without having to worry of its misuse. What creative common has to offer is really amazing in terms of the licenses it provides! The kind of organization and service it offers is kind of not spoken about a lot, but they are simply brilliant. Some of Creative Commons biggest clients include Flickr, Google and Wiki! Knew that? So here it is…

What Is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that works to increase the amount of available in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.

Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use legal tools that give everyone from individual “user generated content” creators to major companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to

Pre-clear usage rights to creative work they own the copyright to. CC licenses let people easily change their copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.” Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They apply on top of copyright, so you can modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs. If you’re an artist, student, educator, scientist, or other creator looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are many millions of works — from songs and videos to scientifi and academic content — that you can use under the terms of our copyright licenses

How Is Creative Commons Funded?

“Financial support for Creative Commons comes from organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, the Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. CC also receives contributions from

members of the public — people just like you who value the open, collaborative exchange of culture and knowledge.” — Creativecommons

 

Encouraging the Ecology of Creativity: Read on to find out more!

Here are the licenses they offer:

Understanding the licenses: Licensing & Marking Your Content with Creative Commons

A little history!

Founding

Founded in 2001 with the generous support of the Center for the Public Domain, CC is led by a Board of Directorscomprised of thought leaders, education experts, technologists, legal scholars, investors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

Creative Commons licenses

In December 2002, Creative Commons released its first set of copyright licenses for free to the public. Creative Commons developed its licenses — inspired in part by the Free Software Foundation’s GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) — alongside a Web application platform to help you license your works freely for certain uses, on certain conditions; or dedicate your works to the public domain.

In the years following the initial release, Creative Commons and its licenses have grown at an exponential rate around the world. The licenses have been further improved, and ported to over 50 jurisdictions.

Science

Since 2005, Creative Commons has undertaken projects to build commons-based infrastructure for science through identifying and lowering unnecessary barriers to research, crafting policy guidelines and legal agreements, and developing technology to make research, data and materials easier to find and use.

Education

Creative Commons also works to minimize legal, technical, and social barriers to sharing and reuse of educational materials, with dedicated projects in this field since starting in 2007.

Global infrastructure for sharing

Creative Commons licenses, public domain tools, and supporting technologies have become the global standard for sharing across culture, education, government, science, and more.

For more in depth understanding of Creativecommons and its working :http://creativecommons.org


Legal protection for your creativity!


A major confusion with patents, copyrights, and trademarks? Although there may be some similarities among these kinds of intellectual property protection, they are different and serve different purposes. Here’s a quick overview:

COPYRIGHT:

Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. The 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted work, to prepare derivative works (Use it in other projects too), to distribute copies of the copyrighted work, to perform the copyrighted work publicly, or to display the copyrighted work publicly. The copyright protects the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the writing. For example, a description of a object could be copyrighted, but this would only prevent others from copying the description; it would not prevent others from writing a description of their own or from making and using the entity. Copyright is the c encircled.

TRADEMARK:
A trademark is a word, name, symbol or device which is used in trade with goods to indicate the source of the goods and to distinguish them from the goods of others.Trademark rights may be used to prevent others from using a confusingly similar mark, but not to prevent others from making the same goods or from selling the same goods or services under a clearly different mark. Trademarks which are used in interstate or foreign commerce may be registered with the Patent and Trademark Office.

PATENT:

A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the Patent and Trademark Office. The term of a new patent is 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States or, in special cases, from the date an earlier related application was filed, subject to the payment of maintenance fees. US patent grants are effective only within the US, US territories, and US possessions.
The right conferred by the patent grant is, in the language of the statute and of the grant itself, “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” the invention in the United States or “importing” the invention into the United States. What is granted is not the right to make, use, offer for sale, sell or import, but the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the invention.