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Creative Commons

What is Creative Commons?

  • Creative Commons is actually a license that is applied to a work that is protected by copyright.
  • It’s not separate from copyright, but instead is a way of easily sharing copyrighted work.
  • Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that provides licensing structures people can use to license their copyrighted work to anyone willing to abide by the licensing terms.
  • It makes it easy to share work without giving up total control or spending countless hours granting permissions.

 

Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons licenses

  • Creative Commons licenses are public licenses.
  • A public license that permits certain uses of copyrighted materials by the public at large.
  • If a work you wish to use has been released under a public license, you do not have to seek additional permission from the rightsholder in order to do the things authorized by the license. However, you do still need to follow the license terms.
  • For example, the license may require attribution to the original author or it may forbid commercial uses. 

 

The following descriptions of the Creative Commons licenses come from About the Licenses by Creative Commons and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

Attribution: CC BY

CC By License

This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

 

Attribution-ShareAlike: CC BY-SA

CC by SA license

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

 

Attribution-NoDerivs: CC BY-ND

CC by ND License

This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

 

Attribution-NonCommercial: CC BY-NC

CC By NC license

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don't have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

 

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA

CC by NC SA

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

 

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: CC BY-NC-ND

CC by NC ND

This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

 

Creative Commons also offers a Public Domain Dedication, known as CC0. You can use CC0 to waive your copyright in a work. For more information about CC0, consult Creative Commons's CC0 FAQ.

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