License your work under Creative Commons

If you’re putting a lot of your work online, you’ll want to be sure you’re protecting it so that others don’t copy, use or just plain steal it! One way to do this is to license it under Creative Commons – which has become the standard in the online world.

Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. They provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.

If you look in the bottom of the right-hand column of this blog you’ll see a symbol like this:

This tells the world that I have licensed this blog under the conditions that it can be shared for non-commercial use provided it is attributed to me. You get this information by clicking on the symbol – which takes you to this page.

Getting a license is simple and it’s FREE :-). Here’s a quick overview…..

Go to the Creative Commons website & choose ‘License’ which will take you here. Just fill in the blanks.

For this license I chose the following (which is the license I usually use for anything I do on the Web):

CC1

And the information for this site was:

CC2

Creative Commons is a fabulous service – read more about it and start getting your own licenses.

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