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Overview of Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.

Source: Creative Commons - Open Fullerton | CSUF

Traditional Copyright | Creative Commons | Public Domain

Copyright infographic, full text below
© Traditional Copyright
  • Works cannot be used, adapted, copied, or published without the creator's permission.
  • What does it apply to?
    • All original work is protected under copyright when it's created.
 Creative Commons
  • Work may be used without permission, but only under certain circumstances. 
  • Creators set rules for the way their work is used.
  • What does it apply to?
    • Only work that creators have chosen to designate as Creative Commons.
 Public Domain
  • Work can be used, adapted, copied, and published, completely without restrictions, no permission needed.
  • What does it apply to?
    • Work published prior to 1923, work by long-dead creators, and work that creators have placed in the Public Domain.

Source: GCF Global

Additional Resources

Source: The licenses above and their descriptions come from Creative Commons | About the Licenses.

Video | Creative Commons License Attribution