WordPress has democratised the web by making its web development software free for the basics and cost-effective to create beautiful more complex websites, that can be search engine optimised. WordPress uses an Open Source GNU General Public License (GPL).
The software is simple enough for the first-time website maker to offering more complicated add ons and code development for the professional and experienced web developer.
WordPress has many more features on offer such as app development, blog creation, domain management, hosting options, eCommerce solutions and much more.
The Mozilla Organisation have created software such as Firefox, Thunderbird and Firebug. The organisation’s mission statement is to keep the internet as an open and accessible global resource. Mozilla also acts on the principle that the internet should be used for good and constantly develop to enrich the lives of people.
They have been on the cutting edge of the internet for a long time now and have always created great software. Mozilla has created their own Open Source license called the Mozilla Public License (MPL).
The GNU Organisation began in 1983 and are best known for their Linux Operating system. It remains free of charge to this day. They have never stopped creating amazing programs much of which has been adapted and copied by commercial rivals.
If you believe in a free internet then they are an organisation well worth supporting. They are always seeking assistance whether it be financial or actual coding through the Free Software Foundation.
Creative Commons began in San Francisco in 2001 with the aim of creating universal access to Creative Commons licenses and public domain tools with a “standardized way to grant copyright permissions for creative and academic works; ensure proper attribution; and allow others to copy, distribute, and make use of those works”. The idea is that knowledge and ideas are made to be freely shared with all on the net.
Attribution: It is also a platform for creatives and academics to share their work and attribute the correct CC licenses so other people can copy, use, display and distribute licensed work provided due credit is given.
Users can also modify the work also. An example is when a photographer does a photoshoot and receives payment for 20% of the best pictures. The photographer is then free to release a percentage of the leftover photographs with an Attribution License so other people can use their work and the photographer gains further exposure.
Non-Commercial: You allow other people to use your work only in a non-commercial way. Other people can copy, use, display and distribute your licensed work provided they give you credit but can’t make money from your work.
No Derivative Works. You allow others to distribute, display and copy your work but they cannot modify or build upon your work.
Share Alike: Others can share and distribute your work only if it is under a license identical to the license you’ve set.
The four Creative Commons licenses above all have various permutations relating the exact nature of how you would like to license your copyrighted product. For more information on Creative Commons please visit their website.