Do you use Creative Commons service to protect work on your site? Do you protect just audio (samples, SFX, recording...) or your texts as well? I just start using it and I would like to know what you thing about Creative Commons.
IMO creative commons works remarkably well for distribution of full length music cuts and video clips to enhance one's personal library, but falls apart once one wants to use them in even a non-commercial edit of a project because of the no derivative works clause.
It's also really not a good way to protect sfx because of the nature of how those get used in projects and how projects get credited out, not to mention the work-for-hire nature of sound design and sound design elements.
I think the sfx and music community need some alternative to creative commons with a diff name that allows for derivative work usage with or without credit, but restricts end users from collecting and offering collections for sale.
The legal part of The Sound Collectors Club website offers something that's pretty descriptive of what the alternative needs to be:
If you upload audio to the Sound Collectors’ Club your audio still remains your property but you are agreeing to other people, who have contributed to the same set, downloading and using that audio howsoever they please, whether commercially or non-commercially, domestically or internationally and as many times as they like – except they are not permitted to distribute or sell the audio on as the audio itself (except for the audio that they originally contributed), whether individually or as a sound fx library.
The only thing that's missing is some sort of certification that the sounds you post to the group actually originated from you and that you have full authority to put it out there (though that's addressed elsewhere for the purposes of TSCC).
I like it in some regards as it does give some form of protection for your work.
However, I wouldn't use sounds with CC licence in any commercial work. As far as I understand if I did the company I work for would have to reference the use in the end credits. There isn't enough room in the credits for every single person who has worked on a show as it is let alone adding dozens of references for sound effects use. This problem renders and CC SFX useless to me personally.
On the flip side I appreciate that any sounds I have put on Sound Cloud come with this protection which makes me more comfortable having my own work online.
Copyright is a tricky one as there are different laws around the world. In the UK, as soon as you create something, be it a sound recording or piece of sound design, you immediately own the the copyright on that creation. This means anyone who wishes to use it will need to obtain a license to use it. Therefore, anything that I create is automatically protected under UK copyright law. A creative commons license allows anyone to use your work free of charge as long as they give you credit. As Ian said, most commercial projects avoid using assets that carry a CC license due to this issue.
From a personal point of view, if someone approached me about using one of my creations under a creative commons license I'd consider it, but it would be entirely dependent on the way it would be used. If it was for a commercial project then I would not grant a CC license, unless there were some clear benefits. However, I would grant a CC license to a worthy cause. I guess it comes down to judging how something will be used by the end user.
Creative Commons is a form of Copyright license. The nice thing about is that it allows versions under other licenses (say for an edited part of the piece) to coexist alongside the main body of work+license ("Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder"). It does freak out some legal people but is also great for independent producers who seek this kind of flexibility that allows them to spread their work without heavy-handed restrictions like full Copyright.