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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,, and start browsing.

Q: Can I enable Creative Commons in

Yes, the following image should give you more information...

Thank you for reading, and remember: Stay devious :fella:

If you would like to see more, I will be adding my Educate Yourself journal entries here.
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Thank you,this is very helpful for me^^
VeganGirl4 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Is there a way to search just for Creative Commons artwork?
VanuInfiltrator Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Not currently, no.
Jestloo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So... If I don't want people doing ANYTHING with my art, then I just keep it on default, and not on CC? Is that right? :confused:
ShadowMaker-241 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes :nod:
Jestloo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh... Crap! I did it to about 100 drawings already.... Guess I'll stop now.
Thank you very much! :)
ShadowMaker-241 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No problem :)
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hehe, honestly, I had no clue what creative commons was, before reading this. I just never clicked on it. I figured default settings were good enough. :XD: But I'm glad I know now. Thanks for clearing that up for me! :thumbsup::D
ShadowMaker-241 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No problem :)
AzureSky25 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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