What Is Creative Commons?


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Creative Commons is a general copyright license that protects the creator but allows others to use it in some way. As of 2014, six distinct license types are offered under the Creative Commons umbrella.

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Founded in 2001, Creative Commons seeks to enrich the catalog of public domain art by changing the typical "all rights reserved" copyright language to a more forgiving "some rights reserved." The six types of licenses range from the most restrictive "Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives," which allows personal use with no changes and requires attribution and a link back to the artist, to "Attribution," which requires only that the artist is credited.

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