Each “thing” is made up of 3 sections:
Level 1: “getting started
This “thing” is relevant to the following theme:
Research 2.0 / Make Your Own / Open Access & Repositories / Create, Manage & Share files / E-books & e-readers / Presentation 2.0
Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Mountain View, California, United States devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. The organization has released several copyright-licenses known as Creative Commons licenses free of charge to the public. These licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators. An easy to understand one-page explanation of rights, with associated visual symbols, explains the specifics of each Creative Commons license. Creative Commons licenses do not replace copyright, but are based upon it. They replace individual negotiations for specific rights between copyright owner (licensor) and licensee, which are necessary under an “all rights reserved” copyright management with a “some rights reserved” management employing standardized licenses for re-use cases where no commercial compensation is sought by the copyright owner. The result is an agile, low overhead and cost copyright management regime, profiting both copyright owners and licensees. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_commons]
Check also: http://creativecommons.org/about
what is the thing?
The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. Our tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. The combination of our tools and our users is a vast and growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law. [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/?lang=en]
Creative Commons is governed by a board of directors and a technical advisory board. Their licenses have been embraced by many as a way for creators to take control of how they choose to share their intellectual property.
See video about Creative Commons licences. http://creativecommons.org/videos/creative-commons-kiwi
when did it start
- The first article in a general interest publication about Creative Commons, written by Hal Plotkin, was published in February 2002. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/All-Hail-Creative-Commons-Stanford-professor-2874018.php
- The first set of copyright licenses was released in December 2002.
In 2009, there were an estimated 350 million works licensed under Creative Commons. http://creativecommons.org/about/history
As of October 2011, Flickr alone hosts over 200 million Creative Commons licensed photos. http://blog.flickr.net/2011/10/05/200-million-creative-commons-photos-and-counting/
why or why not?
Is Creative Commons Good for Artists? http://jomosthompson.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/is-creative-commons-good-for-artists/
Is creative commons good for copyright holders and market competition?