After more than two years of community discussion and many drafts, Creative Commons (CC) has released their new suit of licences, Version 4.0. These licences are now live and available for use. CC licences allow rightsholder to release some of the exclusive rights associated with copyright while retaining others, in a way that’s easy for re-users, indexable by computers, and that stands up to legal review in many countries.
The new licences are the most global, legally robust licences produced by CC to date. The licences have incorporated dozens of improvements that make sharing and reusing CC licenced materials easier and more dependable than ever before.
A few of the many new features are improved readability and organization, common-sense attribution and a new mechanism that allows those who violate the licence inadvertently to regain their rights automatically if the violation is corrected in a timely manner.
For more information on the most significant improvements visit CC’s website here: http://creativecommons.org/Version4.
For more information on CC see their website and to see what they did in 2012, check out their annual report: http://dispatches.creativecommons.org/.
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