Copyright law has been protecting the rights of writers, filmmakers, and creators since even before the birth of the US. For years, copyright holders have had all rights reserved on any original work that they created, which means they had the ability to charge money and license their original work to others without fear of anyone stealing or copying their work.

However, the new millenium has brought with it the age of sharing–we share statuses on Facebook, we share photos on Instagram, and we can even share videos on YouTube. To some, our old copyright laws seemed restrictive in the dawn of this new era. So in 2001, a group of people created a set of new copyright laws that actually encouraged creators to share their work with others. And thus was born Creative Commons.

Creative Commons is a US non-profit organization that helps creators legally share their knowledge and creativity with others. They provide free, easy-to-use copyright licenses for creators that are standardized to give the public permission to use and share their work on the conditions of their choice, or some rights reserved. The Creative Commons licenses are recognized all around the world and over 1.1 billion works have been shared under their licenses on platforms like YouTube,