Creative Commons (CC) licenses have been around for years, but the nonprofit organization behind them recently redrafted some of its main licenses, and it wants to know what you think of them.
The restrictiveness of the rules in version 3.0 has been a focus of criticism, and the Commons is trying to make version 4.0 more flexible while still protecting the creator’s rights. For example, the draft eliminates the requirement for the person sharing the licensor’s work to display the title of the work and retain copyright notices — although they will still be encouraged to do so.
CC is also trying to make the licenses as international as possible as well as easier to understand; the licensing of database rights is also addressed.
Another draft is scheduled to be released in October with the final modifications made public by the end of the year.
According to its website, Creative Commons “enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.” The organization’s licenses, which provide for various levels of copyright protection, allow individuals to choose which type suit them and their work best.
Still not quite sure what Creative Commons is or what it does? Check out these 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Creative Commons, and then be sure to check out the draft of the proposed changes and let CC know what you think.