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Creative Commons Guidelines Help People Navigate Online Copyrights

Copyright group Creative Commons has released a new set of guidelines that instructs individuals on how to use materials that don’t break copyright laws.

Web users often use copyrighted images, music and videos unknowingly or accidentally that lands them in legal trouble. Creative Commons wishes to change all that by teaching individuals how to identify material that can be used without breaking the law.

The guidelines issued by the organisation also tell people how to protect the content they have made themselves online.

Creative Commons offers many levels of copyright protection as alternatives to the 'all rights reserved' copyrights that are traditionally used. Many of these copyrights still forbid commercial use, but allow people to make extensive non-commercial use of the copyrighted work.

According to an article on TechRadar (opens in new tab), Creative Commons said that the music industry should have a look at its copyright model rather than struggling with out-dated methods.

“We think right now we need to be talking to people about creative commons because it does provide the infrastructure for people to use this new model. As they see this new model and get nervous about how they can move to the new model they need to see that it's not anarchy out there,” said CC chief of staff Lisa Green.