Creative Commons (CC) 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 facilitating the sharing of copyrighted work. Copyright imposes heavy duty protections so that others don’t use your work without your permission. However, not everyone needs or wants all of those protections, especially the requirement to be contacted for permission to use.
CC, on the other hand, provides licensing structures people can use to license their copyrighted work to anyone willing to abide by the licensing terms. It makes it easy to share work without giving up total control or spending countless hours granting permissions (Source).
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