When I last looked at the Creative Commons (CC) Canada site in the latter part of 2013, it did not have an internet presence. We could say that CC Canada was “between” sites. Creative Commons Canada now has a new site with CC licenses unique to Canadian copyright law. (Please update the URL for CC Canada on page 212 of the book Canadian Copyright Law to www.creativecommons.ca)
What is a Creative Commons Licence?
A CC licence is a licence that a creator places on his work that sets out the terms and conditions of use of that work.
Creators and CC Licences
A creator can choose from six free Creative Commons Canada licences. The licences are not flexible so a creator has to carefully choose the licence that most closely reflects how he wants his copyright-protected work to be used. For example, the Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) licence allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon his work non-commercially, and although any new works must acknowledge the underlying work and be non-commercial, those new works do not have to be licensed on the same terms as the original work.
Consumers and CC Licences
If you are using a work with a CC licence, keep in mind that the mere use of a CC licence does not mean that the work is the same as public domain or copyright-free. You must read the licence terms and determine what uses of that content are allowed with and without permission.