Getting a Creative Commons License

Getting a License for your flash is incredibly easy, and will only add about 5-10 minutes onto your Flash production (which is marginal compared to your overall production time!).

check Step 1: Decide What You Want

Is your file going public domain? What do you want for your file? What do you think will prevent it from being misused? These are all questions you need to ask yourself before getting a license.

You have as much control over your file as you want. While total control will always remain in your project never actually being made public, you will want to restrict the terms to exactly what you want. If the Creative Commons licensing does not work for you, then feel free to create your own. Otherwise, take a look at the licenses made available.

check Step 2: Get on Creative Commons

If you haven't already, check out the Creative Commons website, which can help you walk through the process of getting your license. If you need more help, this site can lead you through getting the appropriate license.

Click the Get a License button, or navigate to the Get a License page.

check Step 3: Pick and choose

1) Allow Commercial Uses of Your Work?
If you are allowing people to use the Flash on a website with banner ads, then you must mark Yes to this question. Since most interactive Flash game sites do have banner ads, most games will select Yes for this option. Likewise, if you do not want your work displayed or sold without your permission, select No.

2) Allow Modifications of your work?
This will apply more for a FLA file release instead of a SWF file release. In the case of a SWF file, select No. No one should be reverse engineering your .swf file, so to better protect, select No. Otherwise, you can choose whether you want Share Alike or not. Share Alike allows users to only modify your file if they attribute the work to you.

3) Jursidiction of your license:
Creative Commons have built documents that have better legal bearing in different countries. If the majority of your work will most likely appear on websites from a single country (such as the United States), choose that country. Otherwise, choose Unported. Unported is the most universally recognizable legal document, which tries to be the most widespread for global releases. Most Flash artists will choose this option, because Flash game and animation sites reside around the world.

4) Tell us the format of your work:
Choose Video if your work is an animation or movie. Choose Interactive if your work is a game or gadget.

checkStep 5: Get Your License

From here, you will get a few options on how to implement your license. Just put the banner in your Flash project, and you are finished! You are now protected by a Creative Commons License!


Not sure how to put the Creative Commons License banner in your flash? Click here to visit the Implementing CC page, which will give step-by-step directions on how to get the Flash ready to go.