Understanding Creative Commons’ Licensing

As a blogger, protecting your work and intellectual property is paramount.  While most bloggers have heard of Creative Commons, selecting the appropriate license can be incredibly confusing and frustrating.

Protecting your work is important.  There are spam type blogs which will pull your content in via RSS or republish your posts without permission.  If your content isn’t protected, there is little you can do.  Additionally, your original posts and content are part of your intellectual property. If you haven’t protected your content or became frustrated by the process, use these helpful explanations to make the right decision.

  • Attribution Non Commercial No Derivatives 
    • Touted as the most restrictive license that allows redistribution.  This license allows for redistribution with full credit and a link back to your site.  Additionally, this restricts the use of your content to it’s original form.
  • Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike
    • This license allows others to “remix, tweak, and build upon your work” for non commercial purposes as long as you are credited as the original author. Other’s can “remix, tweak and build upon your work” from the redistributed posting. so be careful when using this license as your work can be changed several times from it’s original form. Those using your work must also license the work under the same terms.
  • Attribution Non Commercial
    • Just like the Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike license, but those using your work are not required to license their work under the same terms.
  • Attribution No Derrivatives
    • This license allows your work to be distributed for commercial and non commercial as long as your work appears in it’s full original form and full credit is given to you as the author.
  • Attribution Share Alike
    • Allows others to “remix, tweak, and build upon your work” similarly to the Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike license.  The main difference is that your work may be used for commercial purposes.
  • Attribution
    • The looses of licenses offered, it allows for others to recreate your work in any form as long as credit is given to you as the original creator.  

Full descriptions of each license can be found here. For Coutorture Network Partners, we recommend the Attribution Non Commercial No Derivatives and the Attribution No Derivatives licenses.  Creative Commons offers a questionnaire to help you select the best option for you here.

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2 responses to “Understanding Creative Commons’ Licensing

  1. Thanks for this…Im really bad at this stuff.

  2. Pingback: Weekly Educational Wrap Up July 14 - 18 « An education annex of the Coutorture.com Community

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