Creative Commons Licenses

I’ve been working on a platform to publish photos from my travels. As part of my research, I read up on Creative Commons (CC) licenses. The Creative Commons website was extremely helpful; very clean website, great UI/UX and clear explanations of the licenses. I’ll summarize the six main CC licenses here; however, I suggest you navigate to the Create Commons website for specifics and the actual licenses.

There are four main characteristics of the CC licenses:

  • Attribution: Giving the creator due credit for works. All CC licenses require attribution.
  • Distribution: Dissemination of works. All CC licenses allow for redistribution (sharing) of works.
  • Derivatives: Creating modifications of original works. Some licenses prohibit derivative works while others only allow for ShareAlike, which means others must license their new creations under the identical terms.
  • Commerciality: Making profit from original or modified works. Some licenses allow works to be used for commercial purposes while others do not.

Therefore, the six licenses are as follows:

  • Attribution (CC BY)
  • Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)
  • Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND)
  • Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

See the About The Licenses page on the Creative Commons website for details.


Comments, questions and feedback welcome.