What is copyright?
A legal right that grants the creator of a work (writing, art, photograph, music, video, etc) the exclusive rights to the use and distribute that work. When something is copyrighted, it is illegal for someone to copy a work and pretend it's their own. It is also illegal for someone to make money from copied items.
What is Creative Commons?
An organization that allows the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge by placing things in the public domain with alternative licences to copyright.
What is fair use?
An exception to copyright that permits the use of copyrighted material without permission. Some examples of fair use are: teaching, commentary, criticism, reporting.
What can I use?
Tolisano, Silvia. Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This… Then… LANGWITCHES, 6/10/14. Web. 1/13/15.
http://langwitches.org/blog/2014/06/10/copyright-flowchart-can-i-use-it-yes-no-if-this-then/ | Langwitches Blog