What the heck is “Creative Commons” and why would it matter?

In simple terms, Creative Commons matters if you’re creating stuff and putting them on the Internet. And you want a way to protect your intellectual property while encouraging certain uses of them.

Try watching this video (same video here, in better resolution).

Here’s a quote from CreativeCommons.org’s About page:]

“… Balance, compromise, and moderation — once the driving forces of a copyright system that valued innovation and protection equally — have become endangered species. Creative Commons is working to revive them. We use private rights to create public goods: creative works set free for certain uses. Like the free software and open-source movements, our ends are cooperative and community-minded, but our means are voluntary and libertarian. We work to offer creators a best-of-both-worlds way to protect their works while encouraging certain uses of them — to declare “some rights reserved.”

If you’ve questions or comments about Creative Commons, feel free to leave a comment.

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