This article is a how-to on using a Creative Commons License.
First we'll start off with the basics. When uploading a deviation onto deviantART that you want other deviants to share (i.e. Line-art, Bases, or stock photos), but you don't know how to do that.
Well when you upload something, it gets automatically copyrighted to you, doesn't matter if you don't claim it as yours, you still gain ownership (except if people upload copyright violations, then that's a different story). So when uploading something you want other people to use, you may want to give it a Creative Commons License for it. How? Easy, read this and you'll learn how...
How and Where?
When filling out the information of a deviation before it's been submitted, you'll see a button on the very bottom of the submission page labeled "Creative Commons".
Image showing the Creative Commons button.
A more accurate picture showing the location.
When clicking "Choose" you'll be greeted with a pop-up showing choices between using a Creative Commons License, Allowing Commercial use, and Allowing Modifications of your artwork.
A more accurate description of a Creative Commons set by default.
Commercial use and Derivative Works
Commercial Use: Commercial use of one's artwork means that you can gain profit from it. As long as a deviation says it's Non-Commercial, it's illegal to make a buck from it.
Derivative Works: No Derivative Works... Basically meaning if you want to make an image based off something, you cannot exactly copy it (i.e. tracing or recoloring an already existing picture).
The Symbols and definitions.
Q: So do I really need to use a Creative Commons License when uploading Lineart, bases, or Stock Photos?
I suggest using it if you're uploading artwork that other people can use to avoid any confusion of Copyright Infringement.
Q: Is there any more information about Creative Commons Licensing?
Yes there is, if you want more information on Creative Commons, please visit the official website, creativecommons.org, and start browsing.
Q: Can I enable Creative Commons in Sta.sh?
Yes, the following image should give you more information...
Thank you for reading, and remember: Stay devious