“The idea underlying Creative Commons is that some people may not want to exercise all of the intellectual property rights the law affords them.”
Vimeo says “We believe there is an unmet demand for an easy yet reliable way to tell the world “Some rights reserved” or even “No rights reserved.”
Many creators have long since concluded that all-out copyright doesn’t help them gain the exposure and widespread distribution they want. Plenty of entrepreneurs and artists prefer to rely on innovative business models rather than full-fledged copyright to secure a return on their creative investment. Still others get fulfillment from contributing to and participating in an intellectual commons.”
What Vimeo Says:
“For whatever reasons, it is clear that many citizens of the Internet want to share their work — and the power to reuse, modify, and distribute their work — with others on generous terms. Creative Commons intends to help people express this preference for sharing by offering the world a set of licenses on our (Vimeo) website, at no charge.”
Attribution – You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work — and derivative works based upon it — but only if they give credit the way you request.
Share Alike – You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.
Non-Commercial – You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work — and derivative works based upon it — but for non-commercial purposes only.
No Derivative Works – You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.
Public Domain Dedication – You let others copy, modify, distribute and perform your work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.
You can also choose different combinations of these licenses. For more in-depth information including license deeds and legal codes, please visit the