Creative Commons overview
From time to time, I need to introduce people to Creative Commons (CC) and how it works, hence this Creative Commons overview. Creative Commons is the organization that designs legal licenses to enable open content (other than open source software) to promote a culture of creative sharing. Simply put, CC creates licenses that work under existing copyright law that authorize free copying and redistribution of copyrighted works, but with some restrictions depending on the copyright holder’s wishes. CC licenses are targeted to copyright holders who want people to freely distribute their works, but who want to still retain some of their legal rights. The following web pages would help introduce you to CC:
- Quick introduction, with video
- The licenses
- Brief historical outline
- Detailed FAQ
Although the FAQ is lengthy, if you are new to CC, then it is best to read the entire thing. Only then could you feel you have an accurate understanding of what it is really all about.