What are Creative Commons licenses?

What are Creative Commons licenses?

Learn all about Creative Commons Licenses

What are creative commons licenses?

Creative Commons is a copyright licensing system that allows you to legally use “some rights reserved” music, movies, images, art, and other content if you adhere by the requirements of the Creative Commons license.

For instance, a musician might use a Creative Commons license to allow people to legally share her songs online, make copies for friends, or even use them in videos or make remixes. The exact rights that are granted depend on the type of Creative Commons license used.

It is important to understand that content that is licensed under Creative Commons typically comes with certain requirements, such as attribution of the author. If these requirements are not followed, you may be infringing the copyright of the author, which may result in a DMCA takedown notice or a copyright infringement lawsuit


The Licenses

The table below has a breakdown of the seven licenses that are offered under the Creative Commons system.

Creative Common Licenses

How to Attribute Creative Commons Photos by Foter (CC BY-SA)

How to Attribute Creative Commons Licensed Music or Photos in Your Stream

Every Creative Commons license, except for the public domain license, requires that you attribute the original author(s). There isn’t a single “correct” way to provide attribution, but typically you should provide the following information:

  • The author(s): Name, Link to Author’s profile,
  • Title of the Work: Title of the Work, Link to where the original work is hosted,
  • CC License Type: Creative Commons license name, Link to the full license

CC Attribution

How to Attribute Creative Commons Photos by Foter (CC BY-SA)

You’ll want to put this information in a place where it is easy to find for consumers of the content containing the licensed work, for example in in the description of your video.

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