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CreativeCommons.org is the home of the Creative Commons (CC), a non-profit dedicated to helping copyright holders be able to distribute and share their work on the web. Creative Commons provides a series of licenses that allow artists, educators, authors, scientists and others to designate which rights to their work they wish to keep (if any) and which allows for common definitions of what rights others have to use, disseminate or modify their work.
The licenses provided by Creative Commons thusly provide an alternative to full copyrights without necessarily giving up certain copyrights that the creator of the works desire to keep. This helps the works' originators as well as the public by providing avenues for the sharing and proliferation of information, knowledge and creativity.
Creative Commons licenses allow users to mix and match core licensing types to restrict or accommodate rights on work.
These core types can then be compiled into various groups, allowing authors to describe completely what the licensing for their copyrighted works can carry. By example, a by-nc-nd license would be the most restrictive allowing for redistribution of works provided that the creator is credited, no derivatives are made and that they aren't used commercially.
edit Worldwide Licensing
While the original Creative Commons licensing was written with U.S. copyright laws in mind, the organization has been making headway into creating and drafting jurisdiction-specific licensing for other countries. Creative Commons International has completed and developed licenses for: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, mainland China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, South Aftica, South Kora, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK: England and Wales; UK: Scotland, and the United States.
Developing licenses and discussing them is in progress for: Greece, Ireland, Jordan, Macedonia, Nigeria, Philippines, Romania, Serbia, and the Ukraine.
When users choose to enact a Creative Commons license for their website, CreativeCommons.org provides tools and tutorials on adding the license information to your website or links to free hosting services that have incorporated their licensing. Among the tools are information on including RDF/XML metadata with the works that will describe the license and the work, making it easier to automatically process and locate licensed works.
Like several other wikis, most notably Wikipedia, AboutUs provides it's content under the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL), which allows users to copy, distribute, modifyand used commercially or non-commercially our content.
Unlike Wikipedia, we also operate our content under the Creative Commons By-Sa (By attribution, Share-alike) license which allows for content to be modified, changed, built upon and distributed so long as a) the work's creator(s) and AboutUs are credited for the work and b) that these licensing attributes be also carried onto derivative works.
What this means -- Generally, we believe that the only restrictions we present are in ways to protect our community of readers and writers and their freedoms to use and reuse content. Feel free to copy, redistribute and modify for commercial and non-commercial purposes, so long as AboutUs and any other creators continue to be attributed. As a nice aside, by complying with the GFDL, we believe that content from other sites like Wikipedia can be used on AboutUs (although due to the differences in the two wikis, generating original content or only using snippets of Wikipedia articles is preferred). For more information see AboutUs:Copyrights and Thoughts On Licensing.
edit Finding Creative Commons Licensed Material
There are several resources on the internet to help people find work that is licensed under Creative Commons.
- Creative Commons' [Search Page]
- Yahoo!'s Creative Commons Search (Beta)
- Much of the content on the Wikimedia Commons is provided by their authors under some variation of either the Creative Commons, Public Domain or GFDL licenses. Individual sound, video and image files will list information about the license status of the works, plus you can view their Category of Creative Common Licenses and various subcategories for various types of CC licenses.
- Many of the users of Flickr.com provide their images under the Creative Commons licensing. You can view images by various licensing on their Creative Commons page.
- Common Content maintains a catalog of works licensed in the Creative Commons.
- Everystockphoto.com is a search engine and member bookmarking service for Creative Commons Photos
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