Creative Commons is an organization that provides licenses or a set of legal rules that can provide the ‘okay’ to allow others to use and/or modify the work already created by others and/or ensuring credit is given to the original author. Here is a list I created for my own reference but wanted you to have it at your disposal as well – enjoy!
Just to make sure you totally understand the explanations below, here are a couple of definitions:
- ‘derivative‘ – [something that is based on another source]
- ‘attribution‘ – [the action of ascribing a work or remark to a particular author, artist, or person]
Attribution: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work—and derivative works based upon it—but only if they give credit the way you request. [The Material can be distributed and modified, even commercially, providing you give credit]
Share Alike: You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.
Non-Commercial: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work—and derivative works based upon it—but for non-commercial purposes only.
No Derivative Works: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it. [Others must not change your work in anyway. They can also receive income]
Public Domain Dedication: The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.
Now lets combine a few
Attribution-NoDerivs: The work can be used unchanged, even commercially, providing
you give credit. [Others can use your material but they cannot alter or change it. They also cannot receive money from your project]
Attribution-ShareAlike: The work can be distributed and modified, even commercially, so long as modified versions are licensed under the same terms, providing you give credit.
Attribution-NonCommercial: The work can be distributed and modified on non-commercial terms, providing you give credit.
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: The work can be distributed and modified, but not commercially, providing you give credit.
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: Work can be downloaded and shared with others but not changed in any way or used commercially, providing you give credit.
This graphic should help you better understand Creative Commons:
I would like to give a special thanks to Team Hallam of hallaminternet.com for have already written a great article on Creative Commons which can be found here. As well as the official website of CreativeCommons.org