With the expansion of the Internet and the ability to share music and media online, changes have been made within the realm of copyright. One such example is the Creative Commons License. This is a relatively new concept that has allowed artists to share their work online while still controlling the rights to their songs. Here’s how it works:

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Creative Commons (also known as CC) is a non-profit organization that provides artists with specific licenses that are a popular alternative from the classic “all rights reserved.”  As an organization, Creative Commons hopes to create a more open market where artists are free to share their work without losing the right to own it.

On basic terms, a Creative Commons license is a royalty free license. The only difference is that Creative Commons has broken down its license into six different types to allow artists to have ultimate control on how they want their work distributed.

1.“Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives” : Simply put, this type of Creative Commons license allows a musician to share production music or background music with others but continue to be listed in the credits for the piece of music. It also prevents anyone else from altering the work or making money from it.

2.“Attribution, Non-Commercial Share Alike” : This Creative Commons license type allows others to use the recordings and re-interpret them. But the resulting new work has to be licensed the same as the original and cannot be for profit.

3.“Attribution Non-Commercial” : This type of license allows additional people to re-interpret the work but the original creator has to be listed in the credits and no money can be made from the recording.

4.“Attribution, No Derivatives” : This Creative Commons license dictates that the production music or background music can be shared with everyone, but the original creator’s name has to be listed in the credits and the song cannot be altered.

5.“Attribution Share Alike” : This type of license states that the piece of production music licensed can be shared, altered or distributed for profit, but the work’s creator has to be listed in the credits, and the work has to be licensed exactly as the original.

6.“Attribution” : This type of Creative Commons license states that the production music track can be used in any way imaginable, but dictates that the original creator of the song has to be listed in the credits.

So when you’re using free production music, make sure to note which type of license it has. In general, these licenses are designed to make it easier for you as a consumer to obtain and distribute the music, so be gracious of the opportunity and make sure to give credit where credit is due.

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