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.