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What is a Creative Commons License?


Which Creative Commons License is right for you?


Creative Commons is a licensing scheme which encourages the sharing of intellectual property whilst allowing the creator to retain ownership of the copyright. A Creative Commons licence is a simple, legal means for creators to grant copyright permissions to their creative work.

The aim of the Creative Commons project is to collate a pool of digital content that can be used a resource by anyone in their own creative processes that operates within copyright law. Creators of content can distribute their work for others to enhance, modify, edit or sample in their new creations, ensuring that the original creator is credited for their original work.

A Creative Commons license come in seven varieties that creators (or licensors, as referred to legally) can choose from to distribute their work under (version 2.5):

  • Attribution
  • Attribution / Share-Alike
  • Attribution / NoDerivs
  • Attribution / NonCommercial
  • Attribution / NonCommercial / Share-Alike
  • Attribution / NonCommercial / NoDerivs
  • Public Domain

Creative Commons Licenses explained:

Most of the combinations are of the following:

  • Creative Commons: Attribution means that use your work must be credited to you.
  • Creative Commons: ShareAlike means that the resulting use of your work must also be licensed as a ShareAlike license.
  • Creative Commons: NoDerivs means that your work must not be edited or altered, but can be freely distributed.
  • Creative Commons: NonCommercial means use of your work must not be used for commercial purposes.
  • Creative Commons: A Public Domain license waives all rights to the copyright, allowing others to use your work freely without crediting you.

Creative Commons also makes its licenses available in three formats, reflecting the digital nature of the work and the non-legal background of the majority of creative workers:

Creative Commons Licenses come in three formats:

  • Legal Code
    • The license in traditional legal language
  • Human Readable
    • The license in standard language that most people will be able to understand
  • Machine Readable
    • The license in a computer language that software can recognise, embedding the license into the digital format of the work

This approach to license format is designed to ensure that creators are protected legally, that creators can understand the terms of the licenses, and that prospective licenses can use Web technology to source Creative Commons licensed creations.

The Creative Commons website has an easy-to-use tool for licensing your work the way you want it, and for finding Creative Commons licensed work online.

Why use a Creative Commons license?

  • It encourages distribution of your work and your name
  • It adds to the pool of digital media available for others to use
  • It inspires new creations
  • It enriches the record of human creative achievement stored by the World Wide Web

Anyway you look at it Creative Commons is a great resource for Artists & Small Business owners. Creative Commons items can images, worksheets, budgets, code, photos and anything else that comes under the umbrella of Intellectual Property. For more information see:

www.creativecommons.org.au or www.creativecommons.org


Free Book Copyright Template

Book Copyright

These days due to the huge e-book movement people are self publishing more than ever, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to think about book copyright.

Australian Copyright law is enshrined in law by the  Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). There are a whole variety of international treaties that ensure copyright is valid in most other countries.  I have read several times that a copyright notice is not necessary at the end of copyrighted pieces but it does notify people that your work is protected and that you are the author.

As an example © Robin Jennings 2011 might be used at the end of this post.

A very detailed article on the Myths of Copyright  can be read here (thanks Plagiarism Today).

Below I have included a standard Book Copyright Template that have been used in books the world over for as long as you and I have been around. Please understand this is simply a template and legal and/or expert publishing advice should be sort when you are planning to publish a manuscript.

For more in depth details regarding copyright here are some resources that are far more qualified than I.

US Government Copyright Website.

Australian Copyright Council- Information & Advice on Copyright based in Australia

Wikipedia- Copyright Information- In-depth Highly Technical

Free Book Copyright Template

(simply copy & paste)


Copyright © [Author first name] [Author family name], [Year]

First published [Year the book was first published]

Published by [Publisher]


Email: [youremailaddress@yourcarrier.com] Ensure that this email address is one you will have long-term!

Phone: [Telephone number] Fax: [Fax number if applicable]

URL: http://www.yourwebsite.com

All rights reserved. Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a database and retrieval system or transmitted in any form or any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the prior written permission of both the owner of copyright and the above publishers.

Original illustrations/ Photographs by [Name of Artist/ Illustrator/ Photographer]

Printed by [Name of Printer]

[Title of Book]

[Author surname], [Authors first name]

ISBN [ISBN number] 

An ISBN no. stands for International Standard Book Number.
This is a way to ensure every book published throughout the world has an individual number to make cataloging easier.

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Copyright Letter- Cease & Desist

Small business can’t afford a lawyer, creatives can’t afford a lawyer, even lawyers can’t afford lawyers.

Here are a few Letters that could be useful in your business as an artist.

Cease and Desist Letter (Download RTF file)

Note: A cease and desist letter needs to be flexible. My letter is targeted exclusively at plagiarists. This means that certain parts of this letter may not apply in other cases. Please read this note carefully and edit to suit your needs.

Dear Sir or Madam,

You are using a work that I own the copyright of. The name of the work involved is “<<WORK NAME>>”. It appears on a site operated by you at <<INFRINGING LINK>>. I have reserved all rights to this work, which was first published on <<ORIGINAL LINK>> in <<YEAR OR DATE OF PUBLICATION>>.

Your copying and or use of my work, which appear at the link above, is unauthorised. You neither asked for nor received permission to use the piece nor to make or distribute copies of them in the manner you have. Furthermore, you have taken credit for my work and caused confusion as to whom the original author of the work is. Therefore, I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 USC §101, et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $100,000. Further, such copyright infringement is a direct violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and International Copyright Law.

I demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of the work and all copies of it, that you remove any further works you may have stolen and that you desist from this or any other infringement of my rights in the future. Furthermore, I demand that you post an apology on the site clarifying who the real author is and that you inform others that might have been misled by your misuse of the works’ origins.

If I have not received proof of compliance from you within 72 hours, I shall consider taking the full legal remedies available to rectify this situation including contacting my lawyer and/or your site’s administrators.



This work by Jonathan Bailey from Plagarism Today and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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