When publishing or sharing your work, especially if through a non-traditional route such as a webpage, social media or via platforms like YouTube, Flickr or Vimeo, you should give consideration to using a Creative Commons licence. These licences can be applied against such creative works as text, images, audio and video.
As materials are so easily copied and adapted in the online environment Creative Common licenses exists to protect creative output, they allow you to set restrictions on the way others can adapt and reuse your work, but without the hassle of having to grant each request individually.
Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organisation which was created to enable the sharing of creative works through simple legal tools. The Creative Commons (CC) licences work worldwide within the limits of copyright law. There are six different licences which can be used to protect your work, these are regularly updated and conform to international copyright laws.
Creative Commons licenses explained
Attribution (CC BY)
This licence allows you let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work - and derivative works based upon it - but only if they give you credit.
Attribution Share Alike (CC BY-SA)
Attribution No Derivatives (CC BY-ND)
This license allows for the distribution of a work, commercially or non-commercially, as long as the created item is used unchanged and in its original and intended format with credit given to the creator.
Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC)
This license allows others to distribute, alter and build upon a created work for non-commercial use as long as the original source is acknowledged. Derivative works do not have to be licensed in the same manner as source material.
Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND)
This license is the most restrictive of all the Creative Commons options and only allows for the downloading or use of works in a shared manner. The user must credit the original source and can’t change or distribute them commercially information in any way.
Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA)
Further details on Creative Commons can be found at https://creativecommons.org/