All Creative Commons licenses have many important features in common.
Every license will help you
- retain your copyright
- attribute you autorship
- announce that other people’s fair use, first sale, and free expression rights are not affected by the license.
Every license requires licensees
- to get your permission to do any of the things you choose to restrict — e.g., make a commercial use, create a derivative work;
- to keep any copyright notice intact on all copies of your work;
- to link to your license from copies of the work;
- not to alter the terms of the license
- not to use technology to restrict other licensees’ uses of the work
Every license allows licensees, provided they live up to your conditions, at least non-commercially
- to copy the work
- to distribute it
- to display or perform it publicly
- to make digital public performances of it (e.g., webcasting)
- to shift the work into another format as a verbatim copy
- applies worldwide
- lasts for the duration of the work’s copyright
- is not revocable
- non exclusive
- Creative Commons is not party of agreement and don't grantee quality of work
- creates agreement between original author and second user (see about Bob and Carol - Frequently Asked Questions)
Note that some of these features does not apply to our public domain tools and certain retired licenses.