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Creative Commons License Choices

creative commons license choices We wanted to share some more information on the choices one has with a Creative Commons license and also update a mistake we made in our previous post ‘IMAGES, COPYRIGHT LAW, PUBLIC DOMAIN & THE CREATIVE COMMONS’. The post said *incorrectly* that a common characteristic of the licenses is ‘no commercial use’ and that should have said a characteristic of the license CAN BE ‘no commercial use’. Our friend and top St Petersburg FL real estate broker Sharon Simms was kind enough to point this out and, while it has been corrected, this post may support those interested in understanding their choices… which certainly include ‘for commercial use’ 🙂

The Creative Commons Licenses

Attribution

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. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

Attribution-NoDerivs

This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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.

Attribution-ShareAlike

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. 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, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

Attribution-NonCommercial

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.

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs

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.

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