Creative Commons Licences allow creators to give automatic permission to anyone to use their creations. This enables a creators work to reach more people throughout the globe through the fast paced distribution network that is the world wide web. Creative Commons Licences are made up of licence elements which are each associated with a recognisable symbol in order to easily mark content with rules of distribution, decided upon by the creator. The Creative Commons Licence Elements are as follows:
Every Creative Commons Licence includes the attribution (BY) element, however the other elements are optional and a Creative Commons Licence is formed through the combination of as few or as many elements as the creator wishes, allowing more or less freedom for others to use their content. Although I somewhat understood the copyright terms of digital media, I was unaware that these licence elements existed and I value learning about them as I can use these licence elements to distribute my own work throughout the internet under clear distribution terms.
(Please note: all images in this post are distributed under permission from the creator – how ironic if they were distributed otherwise)