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
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Here are the licenses they offer:
Understanding the licenses: Licensing & Marking Your Content with Creative Commons
A little history!
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.
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.
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