Creative Commons

Creative Commons

"Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.

We provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof." (


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Copyright Facts

  • "Copyright happens automatically and lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years
  • Copyright is a bundle of rights; (you can sign away these rights exclusively or grant exclusive licenses that give multiple people permission to use the work)
  • Most everything is copyrighted, but creators may not want or need all those rights"1

Creative Commons Licenses (from

  • "Attribution - You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work - and derivative works based upon it - but only if they give credit the way you request."
  • "Share Alike - You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work."
  • "Noncommercial -You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work - and derivative works based upon it - but for noncommercial purposes only."
  • "No Derivative Works - You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it."

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Attribution (from

To properly attribute works under CC licenses you need to :

  • "keep intact any copyright notices for the Work
  • credit the author, licensor and/or other parties in the manner they specify
  • the title of the Work
  • the URL for the work if applicable. "



1Molly Kleinman. "The Beauty of "Some Rights Reserved." C & RL News, 69 (10): 594-597.


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