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What Is a Copyright?
What is Creative Commons?
“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.“Under the terms of Creative Commons copyright licenses, you can use many images and photos on your own blog or website, although some will usually request you alter the photo in some way for your own use and will require you not make a profit from the image. You’ll see Creative Commons usually abbreviated as “CC” on blogs and websites that use Creative Commons. For more information on Creative Commons, including how you can make your images and photos available under CC licenses, check out their website here.
A Little About Attribution
Many of us already know a little bit about attribution, even if we don’t know the term. Attribution is simply giving credit where credit is due. For example, if I write an awesome post about surviving a flood in your house and you want to share some of my steps on your blog, you give credit, or attribute, the steps I described in that post on your blog.
The same is true for photos and images. On some of the sites listed below, photographers or those who own the image request attribution. All that means is you put, somewhere on your post, a link to where you got the image. Some people put this attribution right underneath the photo they use, while some put it at the end of the post. It’s up to you to decide where you’d like to link attribution, but you have to do it if it’s requested.