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Copyright Clarity: Creative Commons

Confused about the difference between copyright, fair use, and the public domain? Not sure what you can freely use versus what you need permission to use? Wondering where plagiarism comes into play?

Where Can I find it?

Creative Commons itself offers a search page, as well as the opportunity to add a cc Search bookmarklet to your browser with a browser plugin.

Creative Commons lists several portals for searching and sharing various types of media:

What is it?

Creative Commons licenses do not replace copyright, but are based upon it. 

Creative Commons has been described as being at the forefront of the copyleft movement, which seeks to support the building of a richer public domain by providing an alternative to the automatic "all rights reserved" copyright, and has been dubbed "some rights reserved." Broussard, Sharee L. (September 2007). "The copyleft movement: creative commons licensing". Communication Research Trends

Creative Commons Explained