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Copyright and Fair Use: Creative Commons

How Do I License My Works Under Creative Commons?

You can share your work by using Creative Commons licenses.  Use the links below to learn what to consider before licensing and then use the License Chooser to select the license you'd like to use for your work.

Creative Commons Licenses

Attribution
CC BY

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

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

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

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

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

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.

All information in this box provided by Creative Commons under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

How to Credit CC-Licensed Work You Use

All CC licenses require users to attribute the original creator(s) of a work, unless the creator has waived that requirement or asked that her name be removed from an adaptation or collection. CC licenses have a sophisticated and flexible attribution requirement, so there is not necessarily one correct way to provide attribution. The proper method for giving credit will depend on the medium and means you are using, and may be implemented in any reasonable manner, although in the case of an adaptation or collection the credit needs to be as prominent as credits for other contributors. The CC website offers some best practices to help you attribute works, and the CC Australia team has developed a helpful guide to attributing works in different formats.

All information in this box provided by Creative Commons under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

What Is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons (CC) licenses allow creators to license their creations and give you (the general public) the right to do different things with those creations.  Creative Commons allows you to do more with other people's work than copyright would.

CC licenses let creators easily change their copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

CC licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enables creators to modify copyright terms to best suit their needs.

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