The Creative Commons Licenses were created out of the need to:
... provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.
Open source licenses for software are common and available for some time now, and have established well in the current software landscape. These licenses are targeted at software and the legal needs that arise when publishing code to the community.
The Creative Commons Licenses are more generic and mainly aimed at content. They don't restrict the type of the content. It can be any from books, images, songs, movies, essays, web pages, designs, and so on. They are put together ...