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Creative Commons:The mission & vision of opensource content

Creative Commons-The protector of original opensource content.

creative commons

People who browse on Unsplash, Pixabay & Vimeo might have seen the logo CC. CC stands for Creative Commons. It’s a Non-Profit organisation that provides a not-so-strict copyright regulations for your content(images,videos,music,text). It actually allows the users to share,copy,edit & redistribute your content on behalf of them BUT at the same time retains the rights of original content & creation with you.

Normally, when you have to share a copyrighted content you have to take the required permissions in advance & abide by the rules so that you stay safe. Copyright was created long before the emergence of the Internet, and can make it hard to legally perform actions we take for granted on the network: copy, paste, edit source, and post to the internet.

The main advantage of Creative Commons is that the users can share content provided by the bloggers without fearing copyright infringement. On the other hand, action can be taken against the users if they didn’t obey the rules set by Creative Commons. Their tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to provide copyright permissions to their creative work.

The main rule in using the open source content is source/original credits or attribution. Users modifying content must attribute the original content to the source author.

This is their mission & vision:

Mission:

Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.

Vision:

Our vision is nothing less than realizing the full potential of the Internet — universal access to research and education, full participation in culture — to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity.

They provide a set of free tools & licenses to modify the ‘All rights reserved’ to ‘Some rights reserved’. Their licenses are verified & approved by copyright lawyers & experts around the world. Creative Commons states that such a move can make the internet more open & content can be shared without unnecessary fears of copyright infringement.

They states that the users are participants in innovative culture, education, and science & thus Creative Commons depend on the backing of their users and those who believe in the potential of a global commons.

Creative Commons have different types of Licenses suited for all types of entities.

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. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered.

2: Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) :

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia.

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, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

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-NoDerivs (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.

 List of services hosting Creative Commons Content :

  • Wikipedia
  • Flickr
  • Google
  • Whitehouse America
  • TED
  • Pixabay
  • Unsplash
  • Vimeo

For more info you can visit: www.creativecommons.org . Note that all content on this post are attributed to Creative Commons Project & is free to copy, modify & redistribute.

Taking inspiration from these top companies, TechBuzzIn also plans to implement the Creative Commons license for its articles. We will be opting for Attribution- NonCommercial (CC-BY-NC) which means that you can share the articles but you’ll have to give attribution(credit) to TechBuzzIn. Social Media sharing does require licenses because the shared post already contains links to original website/source.

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