I support creative commons. There I said it, it’s official — I support creative commons.
Creative commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.
Sound simple enough, right? Here are the different types of Creative Commons licenses that you can use when publishing your creative work on the web.
- Attribution: The creator gets credit for their creation in the way they request.
- NonCommercial: The creation can be used for anything other than commercial gain.
- ShareAlike: The creator gives permission to use and/or modify their creation, as long as the newly created piece is under the same license.
- NoDerivatives: All works can be distributed, but not modified without permission.
I believe that alone, we can only go so far creatively. Without collaboration and other people pushing us to better our crafts, we will eventually get stuck.
Want the proof? (I’ve posted this video a bunch of times on Twitter and Facebook.) See what happens when 36 different videos of amateur musicians are formed into one collaboration. Mind you, each musician has performed the piece in its entirety and posted to YouTube. Then, YouTube user, Ohadi22 creatively mixed them into one video performance.
Without Creative Commons none of this is possible. Share your work under the Creative Commons license and help others elevate your creativity. Help make the world a little more creative.