Traditional copyright is granted automatically (Who knew??)
CC allows copyright holders to modify those rights and allow their works to be more accessible and reusable
CC licenses are non-exclusive (you can enter into separate agreements for the use of your materials)
CC licenses are non-revocable (you can remove your CC license, but anyone who already uses your work retains access)
Why use a CC License?
Why Use a Creative Commons License?
Easier for others to determine how you will allow your creative content to be reused
Easier for you to know how to reuse someone else’s content Worldwide license (typical copyright is for the country of origin)
Flexible to fit your needs and desired restrictions – you can pick and choose!
What Kind of Licenses?
What Kinds of Creative Commons Licenses Are There?
The great thing about CC licenses is that you can mix and match - pick the elements you want, and ignore the ones you don't want. The chart at right shows the various licenses on a scale from most open to least open. Here's a description of the various components.
0 – No rights reserved (Public Domain)
BY – Attribute (you must give attribution)
SA – Share Alike (you can reuse, but you must have the same or less restrictive license)
NC – Non-Commercial (no for-profit use allowed)
ND – Non-Derivative (can be reused but not modified)