What's the Creative Commons licence?
I've been asked by BBC Bitesize to answer some questions before an audio interview that may feature on some new content they're producing. This is the second question they asked.
2. What's the Creative Commons licence?
Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organisation that offers a suite of licences ranging from their least restrictive (CC0 - 'zero') through to their most restrictive (CC BY-NC-ND - 'by, non-commercial, no derivatives'). These licences allow individuals and organisations to license content in ways other than "All Rights Reserved". Instead, the CC licences offer the ability to state "Some Rights Reserved" meaning that digital artefacts can be reused and repurposed online and elsewhere.
Wikipedia (who also use them) describes the CC licences as leading to "an agile, low-overhead and low-cost copyright-management regime, profiting both copyright owners and licensees." Other than Wikipedia, another often-cited example of CC licences being used effectively is on the photo-sharing site Flickr. Users can both apply CC licensing to their photographs and search for others that are released under CC licences.