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I'd like to give everyone a little bit of information about the Creative Commons options on DeviantArt. Seeing as we are a Creative Commons group, it's very important for everyone here to understand how these licenses work.

Most people just click the little radio button that says "use a creative commons license" and have done with it, but DeviantArt allows as little sharing as possible and is the very opposite of the intent of Creative Commons. If you leave the default settings on then your work will be very limited and not available in the free culture community. Since here, picking the right license is important, we encourage you to think about what you want to allow and change some of the default options.

The general gist of how the deviantArt creative commons buttons work in relation to your art is this:

- "Use a creative commons license" allows people to copy your work and share it, perhaps online or with their friends offline. With only this option submitted, your work may only be used in the original form without any changes and it may not be used commercially. This means nobody can make deviations based on part of your work and limit the people who can use the work. Please try not to stop at enabling only this one.

- "Allow commercial uses of your work" removes the non-commercial restriction and allows people to use your work in conjunction with any commercial enterprise. Most free culture groups (open source etc) don't allow non-commercial restrictions because it harms collaboration. As a rule of thumb if you don't intend to sell your work later on then you should allow commercial use. We have a gallery especially for this type of license, so if you're willing to allow people to use your deviation for their work projects, we'd like you to have a place in our special gallery and to thank you!

- "Allow modifications of your work" is very important. This means people may make derivative works based on your deviation. Without this ticked, nobody may use your deviation to create their own work. If your art has a very specific artistic integrity which is vital then don't allow derivative works.

- "Yes, as long as others share alike" means that anyone who uses your work must also make their derivative work the exact same Creative Commons License. This is the same type of copyleft license that Open Source uses to ensure that everyone, even businesses that use the work, have to play fair. It guarantees that the work will remain free culture. This is what Wikipedia uses.

Here's an example of a deviation which allows maximum freedom of use:
Screenshot of Creative Commons License on DeviantArt

So please, check your licenses, and share!
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:iconredeyedrocker:
RedEyedRocker Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So you can only use Creative Commons license for your original works because the license says "no derivative works" so does that mean I can't use that for fan arts and stuff?
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Haztract Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Technically no, because you are the one who made by yourself which makes you the owner of the product
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:iconredeyedrocker:
RedEyedRocker Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh ok, someone had misinformed me about this so thanks for clearing it out.
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:iconhaztract:
Haztract Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
No Problem
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SiberianSpirit Featured By Owner Edited May 3, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I did this years ago, and I just now thought about it. I hope I got this right because there's no way I can back track over all my submissions and remove the licensing. Too many. I want my content to just be copyright to me and nobody else can use or repost/reshare it.

I have mine set to:

Use a Creative Commons license?  Yes

Allow commercial uses of your work? No

Allow modifications of your work?  No
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RealVirus86 Featured By Owner May 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this may sound weird but how do I actually get the license?
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Ladnavar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Professional General Artist
thank you for this! the creative commons license sounds better for me, since if your work is shared and someone likes it they can easily find you~ :D
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TheYakubi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
So how would you know if an artist is using creative commons? Is it tagged somewhere?
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doctormo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Usually in the comment/description or the license fields.
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magraymusic Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018
I am looking for the license fields on an image I'd like to use and it says "Copyright 2015-2018. It gives a download option. Is this free for uses?
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doctormo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I don't believe so, I'm not a lawyer and can't give legal advice but I if it says copyright and doesn't give you a license you can use, then you should assume it's not available for reuse.
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:icontheyakubi:
TheYakubi Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018
Alright, thanks a bunch!
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:iconinsanitycalledme:
InsanityCalledMe Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not really sure I understand this. Is it like a type of copy right or something? 
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doctormo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
It's a use of copyright. It's a way for you to give permission to people who you don't know, to your your artwork in ways that the law says are banned by default. It gets kinda complex at the edges, but the core of it is about sharing, collaboration and building a common good. Think of wikipedia, all the content on wikipedia uses creative commons licenses.
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InsanityCalledMe Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you for the clarification 
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Blitzafromffnet Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Student General Artist
What about fan art stuff, like naruto or Harry Potter? If its fan art, and thus the character isn't really yours, can you even use a license? And what does it mean if you use one?
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doctormo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
This goes into deep questions which only a copyright lawyer can really answer. I'm not one so my thoughts are my own.

But generally there are three considerations, one is a legally defensible fair use or fair dealing claim. There's all sorts of rules about how these work and why you shouldn't have to ask permission for these kinds of uses (news, education, parody etc etc)

The second is more of an economic one; what point is there from the creators point of view, to spend so much time being petty and annoying your paying customers? It's counter productive to attack your users, the music industry learned that, even though the entire industry had to change to cope with the technology, they couldn't get around hard economics by attacking their customers.

The third is perhaps the least stable, which is the moral question. Is it morally wrong to use well known characters for your own stories? If it is wrong, then turn it around the other way, is it morally wrong to benefit from and control what characters are popular and then deny the public it's ancient traditions to reuse story elements because of modern senses of property ownership.

None of this will stop you being sued however.
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Blitzafromffnet Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Student General Artist
Okay, thanks!
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:iconmusicvideo123:
MusicVideo123 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017
What about using official artwork?
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agree-to-dissagree Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where is this information displayed on other's work if i want to use it as a reference
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KyeTheConqueror7 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017
Which one protects your rights to your artwork and literature more: The default license, or the creative commons license that you have to select?
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
All Rights Reserved is the most protection, it basically says no one can do anything with your work.
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:iconkyetheconqueror7:
KyeTheConqueror7 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017
Is that the default protection?
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yes-ish. With the exception that you've agreed to give deviantArt some rights which you should read in the agreement document.
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KyeTheConqueror7 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017
What are those rights?
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
They're documented in the legal document you agree to when you sign up and when you post content.
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SoraJakeBlade Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Student General Artist
how do i add a Creative Coomon's?
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You can add a license from the upload page, it's an option right at the bottom. Alternatively you can declare the creative commons license in the comment body or on the actual work itself using one of the icons.
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Rachelzzzzzzzzzzz Featured By Owner Edited May 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So using a creative commons license means that no one can base stuff off of your work? 
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doctormo Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
No, using most creative commons licenses means they CAN. These licenses are used to GIVE permission to other people, because the default copyright for all works is full protection. But often this full protection is not what we want as creators and giving permissions to other people is the best way to collaborate and operate in a community of artists and other creative types.
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Rachelzzzzzzzzzzz Featured By Owner May 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, okay. Thanks, I understand now.
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vaqabond Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016
is there a way to update the cc licensing for all deviations?
younger me used the license without knowing what it does and i want to update all at once if its possible :0
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iongnadh Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You can go to "Edit" and then scroll down to "Publishing Options" and there you will see the "License" option Meow :3 
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Echo-Flower Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
where can the option to get a cc-license show up? or when does it appear?
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
During upload. There is a license selection box.
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Echo-Flower Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OK thanks ;]
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barbarian-jk Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I have a question: If I want to allow people to make fanart without asking me (as long as they acklowledge that it's fanart of my work), then should I choose "Yes" in "Allow modifications of your work"? 

Thanks in advance! :)
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You should say yes if you want people to make fan works that use your work as a resource. If you want people to make completely new works that are fan works, then do nothing. No license or permission is really needed to make unique fan works in general. Because copyright only applies to your actual work, not to the ideas in your work. (I am not a lawyer, this is not legal advice, check with your own lawyer for real advice)
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barbarian-jk Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I understand now, thank you very much for taking your time to explain this :) and I will ask for advice here... well, here in my country we have an institution dedicated to this specifically, because generally lawyers that don't work there are a bit lost in this regard.
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Educating lawyers about specific licenses does happen. Because a lot of them haven't seen these specific terms yet and they have preconceived notions about what copyright is for (which copyleft licenses like share-alike go against) so it does need explaining and that can take time. I understand.
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:iconmuchanadoraiba:
the last one contains GNU Free Documentation License, aka GFDL.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Free…
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
GFDL is considered non-free. Even my friends at the FSF don't like it. The GFDL exists to publish Richard's books and other media and shouldn't really be used outside of that.
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yasham Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
I still have no idea how should i work with creative commons license ...
this page give me a code : creativecommons.org/choose/
and what should i do with the code in deviant art ? CURSE YOU! 
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jackpoint23 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
if someone says eg with a photo shop brush set : free for commercial use but don't claim or sell as your own .does this mean i can put the brush on a transparent backround and sell it ,just not sell the brush set itself ?
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Without a specific license, it's hard to know what they mean for sure. Play it safe and don't copy the original media.

Also you can ask for them to add a license to clear up how the work should be /redistributed/ and not just used.
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Monkeygirl103 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
Just wondering, so picking "no" for "use a creative license" means people can't copy and share it?  Or can only do that?
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Picking no means it's "All Rights Reserved" which is no license and full restrictions. This doesn't effect people's ability to use the work under fair use/dealing depending on the country but does significantly restrict how the work can be used or distributed.
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ArbitraryRenaissance Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Is there a way to waive all intellectual rights for something you post on deviantART?  Unless if I intend to make a profit off of something I make, I want to associate my craft under public domain.
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