Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free, legal tools. Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.
Types of Licenses
Creative Commons offers six copyright licenses to choose from when publishing your work.
Attribution, CC BY
Attribution-ShareAlike, CC BY-SA
Attribution NoDerivatives, CC BY-ND
Attribution-NonCommercial, CC BY-NC
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike , CC BY-NC-SA
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives, CC BY-NC-ND
Choosing and Attributing Licenses
- Things to Consider Before Licensing Your Work – Outlines things to think about before applying a Creative Commons license to your material, or using Creative Commons-licensed materials.
- Choose A License – Contains information on how to choose the appropriate license for your work.
- Marking Your Work with CC License – Teaches how to mark your work with a Creative Commons license.
- Best Practices for Attribution – Provides some good (and not so good) examples of attribution.
- Open Attribution Builder – Cites open materials for you. This tool will automatically generate an attribution.
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