Creative Commons licenses allow creators to make a license that gives you the right to do different things with their creations. Creative Commons allows you to do more with other people's work than copyright.
There are six different license types, but not all will be helpful for your work. The four major elements are:
The four elements combine to make the six license types. The licenses that will be helpful for your projects are below (from most helpful to least helpful):
These two licenses aren't helpful for your projects since they don't allow you to make derivatives (i.e., remix their material into your project):
To see more about the individual licenses, click the link below:
Fair use may not be what you expect. Whether or not you are within the boundaries of fair use depends on the facts of your particular situation. What exactly are you using? How widely are you sharing the materials? Are you confining your work to the nonprofit environment of the university?
To determine whether you are within fair use, the law calls for a balanced application of these four factors:
Information in this box comes from the Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office and is "used under a Creative Commons BY license from the Copyright Advisory Office of Columbia University, Kenneth D. Crews, director."