The Creative Commons licenses are great tools to communicate the level of freedom users may have when interacting with your published materials. However, it's important to note that there are limitations to when Creative Commons licenses can be applied.
When considering a license, it's important to keep the following points in mind:
One other important difference about the scope of Creative Commons licenses is that they also cover other rights closely related to copyright. Defined as "Similar Rights" in the Creative Commons legal code, these include related and neighboring rights and sui generis database rights.
Just as with copyright, the Creative Commons license conditions only come into play when Similar Rights otherwise apply to the work and to the particular reuse made by someone using the CC licensed work.
Examples of Similar Rights include:
Creative Commons Licenses only apply in situations when Copyright applies. In this case, Creative Commons licenses do not apply to items in the public domain.
For creators who are interested in immediately publishing their work to the Public Domain, or to give up any copyright rights entirely, some additional labels are available.
(Note: This second label means "No Known Copyright")
There are four core elements that create the bones of all six available Creative Commons Licenses.
To better understand which license works best for you, it's helpful to understand what each of the components and their functional use as you consider sharing your work with a broader community.
These four elements, together, form the core of the six Creative Commons Licenses.
Creative Commons is a global non-profit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools. Creative Commons licenses convey the basic permissions associated with material offered under CC license.