Any creative work you do is covered by copyright. This means that if you write something, take a photo, record a song, paint a picture, or do anything that creates intellectual property, you get certain legal protections. The biggest protection is that other people aren't able just to take your work and use it how they please. This is why services like Facebook have such complicated (and scary) Terms of Service . RELATED: Does Facebook Own My Photos? But what if you want other people to be able to use your work? Well, you can grant individual licenses to anyone you want but that would get time consuming very quickly. There are entire departments in publishing houses that just deal with licensing the stuff for which they control the copyright. If instead, you want anyone to be able to use your work subject to certain requirements, you can use a Creative Commons License. The Different Terms of Creative Commons Licenses There isn't just one Creative Commons (CC) license; there are a few, and each has different terms and requirements. The purpose of every CC license is to allow other people to take your work and use it in some way. Which… Read full this story
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