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What's the Difference Between Copyright and Creative Commons?

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As someone who depends on Creative Commons licensing (all images in my posts are licensed via a Creative Commons license) I am always excited to hear the different ways people are using these licenses.

Because I think Creative Commons is great and I'd love to see people use it more often, I thought I'd explain what Creative Commons licensing is, how it differs from copyright and how you might be able to use it in your work. 

What's the Difference Between Creative Commons and Copyright?
Creative Commons is actually a license that is applied to a work that is protected by copyright. It's not separate from copyright, but instead is a way of easily sharing copyrighted work.

Because copyright is magical, a good chunk of what's created is automatically protected by copyright. Copyright confers some pretty heavy duty protections so that others don't use your work without your permission.

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