(Photo credit: Oteo via Flickr.com, Creative Commons 2.0)
The Internet continues to grow.
The first billion people with a connection happened in 2005. The second billion in 2010. The third billion in 2014.
As our web expands, more people gain access to the cornucopia of information, imagery, and data. This gives rise to new inspirations. And that gives rise to new creations. But in order to create, sometimes we need access to the raw materials of inspiration.
However, the modern world of copyright laws makes things complicated and on the fringes, a dark mess.
Enter the Creative Commons non-profit. This American born charity is “devoted to expanding the range and creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.”
With over 1.1 billion works licensed under the various Creative Commons options, organizations like Flickr and Wikipedia benefit from this agile copyright system. For many, the licensing framework allows the original artist the opportunity to fully share their work with others.
If You Love Something, Set It Free
Sometimes dubbed the “some rights reserved” license, Creative Commons begins with a premise that many creators want their works to contribute to a richer public domain. They wish for the recipient, or other creators, to benefit from its reuse.
The licensing includes several options which can change the rights waived or kept, and is considered by many to be at the forefront of intellectual property in the information age.
Supporting Creative Commons
As part of our continual growth and evolution, we’re excited to announce a change in our licensing policies. We’re adopting the Creative Commons license and will work to make more of our creative works open to the public.