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14. A World of Uses: Noncommercial Appli... > 14.2. Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License

The Creative Commons (CC) is an organization formed in 2002 to facilitate the movement of artists’ work to the public domain. One of the outputs from the organization is the Creative Commons licenses: licenses that can be attached to a work of art such as a writing, a graphic, or a song, that provides information about how that material can be used and reused by others.

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The Creative Commons web site is at http://creativecommons.org.

The CC licenses don’t replace copyright and fair use laws; they primarily signal an artist’s interest in licensing certain aspects of his copyright to the public, such as the right to copy a work, to derive new works from an original creation, and so on. The license is associated with the art in whatever manner is most expeditious, but if the art is digitized on the Web, the license is usually included with the art as RDF/XML.


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