Creative Commons (CC) license

Definition: A set of free and easy-to-use copyright licences that define the rights of the authors and users of open data and materials in a standardized way. CC licenses enable authors or creators to share copyright-law-protected work with the public and come in different varieties with more or less clauses. For example, the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) allows you to share and adapt the material, under the condition that you; give credit to the original creators, indicate if changes were made, and share under the same license as the original, and you cannot use the material for commercial purposes.

Alternative definition: Creative Commons is an international nonprofit organization that provides Creative Commons licences, with the goal to minimize legal obstacles to the sharing of knowledge and creativity.

Related terms: Copyright, Licence


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