The Creative Commons License

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As a designer when putting your work out on public domain, you tend to care about all the licensing stuff that goes with it. I mean it makes sense since you’re basically distributing your work online for anyone and everyone to use. You probably would want some kind of credit for that. So if you are in that situation, it’s probably best to read up on that licensing stuff as soon as possible, which is why I’m here to tell you all about the beloved Creative Commons license.

A Creative Commons license (also seen and/ or reffered to as CC) is a non profit organization that ensures proper attribution and global access to the work of others. In other words, it is a license that lets others distribute, remix, adjust, and add on to your work, even for profit, as long as they credit the one who made the original creation. This license gives a lot of accessibility for both the licensor (what we call the creator of the original work) and the people using their work. It is mostly recommended for maximum distribution and use of licensed materials.  Keep in mind that there are many other licenses for different purposes to do with someone’s work but this one is for distributing work in public domain specifically.

A CC license allows works to be used for professional and eduactional purposes. Let’s say a teacher wants to copy or modify a CC work. Under these types of licenses, they can. This also applies to students. They can use CC material for their homework or general work is convenient since they don’t have limitations. This means that they can copy entire works without consequence.

It’s important to note that Creative Commons just provides voluntary tools to let creators manage their own copyright.

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