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Joined: 09/02/2012 - 14:41
Something I don't understand about Creative Commons

Hi all,

There is something about Creative Commons I never quite understood, and since many of you produce stuff I thought that you might know.

Suppose I do the following: someone releases a song under CC license on his personal website in 2010. In 2011, I decide to steal his stuff and I release a successful commercial album, claiming that I produced the song in the first place and released it in 2009 under some CC license too.

What can my victim do to prove me wrong? Since there is no official repository for CC works, what counts as "official"? I guess that the Internet archive (archive.org) does not have any legal value, especially since it does not keep track of every website. One such personal CC music website I can think about is the great http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/

In the case of works released under CC into Soundcloud, there is a "release date" on a famous website so this might help, but still, it's possible to replace the audio file of a track. (Not to mention the complications that could arise from changing the CC licence type of a song, which is possible.)

Otherwise I understand that CC is something that has been acknowledged by many states (including France :D), which is great. (Otherwise there would be no legal value at all...)


Paschal Johnson
Joined: 03/08/2020 - 16:21
okay, here it goes:

okay, here it goes:


The Creative Commons licenses are a set of tools that enable individual creators to large educational institutions or company a simple standardised way to enable copyright permissions to their creative work.

Every Creative Commons license allows the creator to retain copyright whilst allowing others to copy and distribute and make use of their work non-commercially. The Creative Commons license also ensures creators get the recognition and credit for the work they produce and share. All of the Creative Commons licenses can be utilised worldwide and last as long as the applicable copyright lasts.


One major requirement of using Creative Commons (CC) work is to ensure that you attribute the creator. Under UK Copyright law, this is also a requirement. Whenever you use Creative Commons works, make sure the creator has been acknowledged along with any relevant copyright and license information.

The area of attribution can cause confusion for users of CC based material; this is considered one of the hardest parts of the process. This guide is designed to help and guide you through the attribution process to make sure you are attributing the creator of CC licensed work in the most effective manner.


The items listed below can be applied across all CC licenses when you are providing attribution for a piece of work. You should:

 Provide the title to work and URL link to its online location;

 Credit the creator;

 Indicate the type of license associated with the piece of work and provide a link to the
license (so other users can see the terms associated with the license); and

 Retain any copyright notice associated with the work.

The above may seem like a lot of information to be applied, but there is a easy and flexible solutions that can be applied to CC resources, particularly online.