Creative Commons offers a legal alternative to extend copyright. It’s a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permission from individual creators to large companies and institutions as to their creative work. The Creative Commons licenses enable people to easily change their copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.” Which promotes dispersal and sharing in ways that traditional copyright shuts down.

A Creative Commons license is based on copyright. So they apply to all works that are protected by copyright law like books, websites, blogs, photographs, films, videos, songs and other audio & visual recordings. 

It’s often mistaken as a fancy way to offer your work for free and precludes the ability to profit from your creative work.

But that depends on the license you choose to apply. For example, a noncommercial license option is an inventive tool designed to allow people to maximize the distribution of their works while keeping control of the commercial aspects of their copyright. The “noncommercial use” condition applies only to others who use your work, not to you (the licensor). 
So if you choose to license your work under a Creative Commons license that includes the “noncommercial use” option, you impose the ”noncommercial” condition on the users (licensees). However, you, the creator of the work and/or licensor, may at any time decide to use it commercially. Including drawing royalties. People who want to copy or adapt your work, “primarily for monetary compensation or financial gain” must get your separate permission first.


Creative Commons LicenseCONTENT CREDIT: Extracted from The Digital Marketing Guidebook by Max Kaizen. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License[CC BY NC SA]. Shared education resources, use them too.