The Creative Commons is meant to be a reasonable approach to copyright. Instead of the traditional restrictions of “all rights reserved” CC allows for “some rights reserved.” Creators have more control over how their content can be used. In other words, creators can protect their work and encourage others to use and/or build upon it.
What could be easier than icons?
Since we live in a visual culture, the Creative Commons group has come up with some nifty icons to help simplify complicated legal licenses. Here are three icons that relate to most of the content on this site:
Noncommercial: Others can copy, distribute, and display my work — and derivative works based upon it — but for noncommercial purposes only.
Share alike: Others can distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs the original work.
Attribution: Others can copy, distribute, and display my copyrighted work — and derivative works based upon it — but you must give me some credit.
When you put it all together, most of the content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 2.5 Canada License.