What is it?
The Creative Commons organization offers authors ways to share their work by indicating, through the use of a logo, the conditions under which content can be used. Thus, an author permits in advance certain uses to the public under his/her own conditions.
The Creative Commons licenses enables the legal classification of works such as videos, music, texts or images in a relatively broad manner on the Internet.
Creative Commons licenses are suitable for authors who wish to decide on the diffusion of their works for non-commercial purposes to support creation as a whole.
How do the licenses work?
The author/user relationship is simplified as much as possible: Creative Commons licenses define the conditions under which a work may be used by a series of pictograms that define the parameters of use. According to the pictograms accompanying a work, a user knows which uses of the aforementioned work have been permitted by the creator.
In fact, the consent to a use by an author under a Creative Commons license is equivalent to permitting the use of a work under specific conditions. Since not all authors have the same demands concerning the management of their rights, it is possible for them to adjust the specifications that make up a license.
The author can combine the following four conditions to his/her discretion:
Attribution (By): This logo requires the new user of the work to quote the name of the original author.
Non-Commercial Use (Non-commercial, NC): This logo indicates that the work cannot be used in any way for commercial purposes.
Non-Derivative Work (Non-derivative, ND): This logo indicates that the original content may not be altered, transformed or used as a basis for new content.
Share Alike (Share-alike, SA): This logo indicates that the original content may be altered, transformed or used as a basis for new content so long as the new content is distributed under the same license conditions as the original content.
In total, six different licenses are available to authors: