The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. Its tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. The combination of its tools and users is a vast and growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law.
Creative Commons Licenses
Attribution CC BY
This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the work, even commercially, as long as they credit creator for the original creation.
Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon the work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit creator and license their new creations under the identical terms.