By now, you have heard about the Creative Commons. Or maybe you haven’t. But, really what is the Creative Commons?
Let’s start this conversation by saying, the Creative Commons is NOT your end all be all solution to the copyright plague that the internet has. Being vigilant and using some of the tips found on Brylett can also help.
What is the Creative Commons?
Creative Commons definition:
Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work–on conditions of your choice. https://creativecommons.org/about/
So what does that really mean?
When a photographer or someone similar wants to share their picture with the world, or they just want people to use it, then they can attach a creative common licenses to that image. This gives them control, because now they can assign how and when this picture can be used.
Example Time: People upload pictures to places like Pexels all the time. When the author of that picture decides to upload, they have to create a profile saying that they own all rights to the picture. Next, they assign a license for that picture. This could be one of several licenses that the Creative Commons have established. Finally, a user gets to use that picture or image as long as they keep it within the bounds of the licenses that is attached!
Check out more on: Who Owns a picture?
What has Creative Commons done for Bloggers and Business owners?
Before the Creative Commons was created, it was pretty hard to make sure you pictures weren’t just being taken. If you uploaded a photo, Google may show it in its suggested feed, giving the “thought” that picture was up for grabs.
The Creative Commons has created a system where Photographers and others can have their images and pictures seen with much less fear than before. The sites that use the Creative Commons try to screen authors and users to make sure they are abiding by the terms. The Licenses are like contracts saying that you will agree and abide by the terms of the particular license. As such, there can be legal ramifications if you violate the licenses.
Need more? Check out What are the Laws for Bloggers?
The Licenses of the Creative Commons:
- Attribution– This is the most liberal of the licenses. It allows a site/blogger to change the picture and distribute. It allows for commercial use (like a blog) to use it. Proper credit must be given!
- Attrribution-ShareAlike- You can tweak and change and even use for commercial purposes, but you have to give credit for the picture. Also, the new creation must include the same terms as the original, so you would have a Attribution-ShareAlike as well.
- Attribution-NoDerivs – You can use the image, but unchanged. If you do change it, then no using it. Give proper credit as well.
- Attribution-NonCommercial- You can change and tweak, but you can’t use this commercially.
- Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike– You can change,but cannot use commercially. Also, you must give proper credit and keep the same terms.
- Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs- This is the most restrictive. You can’t change, and you can’t use commercially.
Use the Creative Commons Licenses to your advantage, that is why they are there. However, as a word of caution: Make sure the author that uploaded is reputable and not just some half bit photographer trying to sue someone.
****Hey there sunshine! I just wanted to let you know that yes, I am an attorney, but I am NOT YOUR ATTORNEY. The information above does not put us in an attorney-client privilege contract type setting. Even though you are reading this, it doesn’t mean that I am giving you legal advice as an attorney.