Creative common licenses is becoming a norm in many digital and literary works nowadays. If you are now aware of what creative commons and creative commons licenses (CCL) are, let’s take a brief review of how the company describes it below:
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.
Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”
Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.
For years we’ve seen a number of creative works protected by creative commons license as well as photos roaming around the web especially those on FlickR. Yet, we do not know exactly what they mean and what they do with the authors or “licensors”.
It is important to know that this type of license does not fully replace copyrights. Rather, they make the license easier to understand as well as help the public understand how the authors want their works to be used or distributed, or shared.
There’s a huge benefit to publish one’s work under a creative commons license. It gives you and the user of your work the protection needed by law to use and share your work without having to worry about if you are infringing your work or not. An author or licensor can specify exactly how he wants his work to be shared so that users would know exactly the terms they need to abide for using the material.
Textbooks are also one of the many creative works that can be published and protected using a creative commons license. The growing numbers of textbooks with CCL benefits millions of people worldwide and reach users more than the traditional licensing practices. Because of this new level of flexibility in sharing resources a new arsenal of free online textbooks are produced. It gives access to millions of users who depend on the Internet for resources and education.
Online textbook is the the future of education and we creative commons supports it by making licensing easier to use and understand. You can find more information about creative commons license by visiting their website.