Everything posted to The Network is labeled with licensing information so it's easy to know how it may or may not be used.
To do so, we build upon the great work that's already been done by a nonprofit organization called Creative Commons. They provide free, easy-to-use copyright licenses that give a standardized way to give permission to certain uses of creative work.
If you write something on The Network, you are the copyright holder and you can determine how others may or may not use your words. The same goes for other works you create (e.g. image, video, document) and post to The Network. You may not post other people's work onto The Network without their consent.
By default, posts are set to 'All Rights Reserved' and cannot be used without contacting and obtaining permission from the copyright holder.
At the other end of the spectrum is 'Public Domain' content, where the copyright has expired or been forfeited by the copyright holder.
In between, there are six Creative Commons licensing options that let people specify how their work may be used. To learn about them in full, see creativecommons.org/licensing. Here is our summary:
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) - This license is the most restrictive of the six licenses, only allowing people to download the work and share it with others as long as they credit the copyright holder, but they can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA) - This license lets people remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as they credit the copyright holder and license their new creations under the identical terms.
Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) - This license lets people remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge the copyright holder and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND) - This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to the copyright holder.
Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) - This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon the copyright holder's work even for commercial purposes, as long as they give credit and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on the original will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.
Attribution (CC BY) - This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the work, even commercially, as long as they credit the copyright holder for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
To learn more about each of these licensing options, including the legal details and the licensing deed, visit creativecommons.org/licenses.