Creative Commons - Get Rights for your Online Work

Having rights of your work is always preferable. These rights are available in the form of License. If you have rights of your work, then your work is completely yours, no one can use this without your permission.

You have to pay money if you want to buy a license for your job. But in the online world, you can get partial rights without investing any money.

These are provided by the global community of Creative Commons.

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What is Creative Commons

The Creative Commons is an American non-profit organization. The main aim of this organization is to expand the range of creative works to be available for others with legal rights.

This makes a Win-Win situation, where the creator wins due to the legality of his work, the other person who wants to use that information wins because the work is available to build upon within legal limitations.

There are several licenses available freely by Creative Commons which you can use for your online work.

What Type of Works are Accepted

As it is a non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of the online community, it accepts almost all online works except online business.

The accepted work categories by Creative Commons are listed below

Licenses Available on Creative Commons

Licenses provided by Creative Commons have three layers: Legal Code, Human Readable, Machine Readable which make it accessible by any medium.


Creative Commons (2) Three layers of licenses
Three layers of Licenses

There are total 6 types of licenses are provided by Creative Commons on the basis of rights.
These licenses are listed below with a brief summary,

1. Attribution (CC BY)

This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation.

2. Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)

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.

3. Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND)

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

4. Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)

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.

5. Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)

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.

6. Attribution-NonCommercial-NeDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

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.

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Conclusion

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization which wants to make your online creative work available for everyone with rights reserved for you.
You can apply for any license of the 6 for your work on Creative Commons.

Many content sharing sites are using these services, some of them are Flickr, YouTube etc.

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