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What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is an international not-for-profit organization that seeks to facilitate knowledge sharing and creative innovation in an equitable way through the provision of free, standardized legal tools. 

A Creative Commons license is a tool that allows copyright holders to indicate how others may reuse their content and informs the public about how a work can be used. Creative Commons licenses are not a statement of copyright ownership, but a statement of how the copyright owner would like their materials to be used. 

There are 6 basic types of Creative Commons licenses:

  1. Attribution  (The most accommodating. User may distribute, remix, tweak, build upon—even for commercial purposes)
  2. Attribution—Share Alike  (Very similar to #1, but any derivatives must allow the  same uses as the original work)
  3. Attribution—NoDerivs  (User must pass along the original work in whole and unchanged)
  4. Attribution—NonCommercial  (Very similar to # 1, but for non-commercial purposes only)
  5. Attribution—NonCommercial—Share Alike  (Combination of # 2 and # 4)
  6. Attribution—NonCommercial—NoDerivs  (The most restrictive.  Combination of # 3 and # 4.)

CC License Tree

CC Chooser Tree

Creative Commons License Chooser (c) Ashton University. Used under CC-BY license. 

Why Should I Use a Creative Commons License?

How to find CC licensed works

Citing Creative Commons Works

All current CC licenses require that you attribute the original author(s) AND the specific CC license that applies. An attribution should include: 

  • the title of the work
  • the author of the work
  • the link to the source (the work's URL)
  • the license it is made available under

For example: 

"Sunshine" by Mimi is licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

See more frm Creative Commons Best Practices for Attribution wiki page.