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Copyright for Authors & Creators: Creative Commons

A guide for students, staff, and faculty members on author rights and copyright.

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How to Search Creative Commons

Visit the Copyright & Fair Use guide to learn about searching for items on the Creative Commons.

What are the Creative Commons?

Creative Commons "helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world."

These free licenses can work together with copyright to standardize giving public permission to use and share your work.

Creative Commons licenses can cover:

  • Individual items
    • Article
    • Report
    • Blog post
    • Photograph
  • Groups of items
    • Journal
    • Series
    • Website
    • Collection

License Types

You can use the Creative Commons license generator to find the correct license for your work.

Standard Licenses

CC BY

  • Allows the user to distribute, remix, and build upon (create derivatives).
  • Commercial use is allowed.
  • This is the most accommodating license.

CC BY-SA

  • Allows the user to distribute, remix, and build upon (create derivatives).
  • Commercial use is allowed.
  • This means any derivatives of your work carry the same license.
  • This is the license used by Wikipedia.

CC BY-ND

  • Allows the user to distribute.
  • Commercial use is allowed.
  • There can be no derivatives made.

CC BY-NC

  • Allows the user to distribute, remix, and build upon (create derivatives).
  • Commercial use is not allowed

CC BY-NC-SA

  • Allows the user to distribute, remix, and build upon (create derivatives).
  • Commercial use is not allowed.
  • Derivatives of your work carry the same license.

CC BY-NC-ND

  • This is the most restrictive license.
  • Allows the user to distribute.
  • Commercial use is not allowed.
  • There can be no derivatives made.

Public Domain

CC0

PDM

  • The license means you are waiving your rights to copyright.
  • The work is free to use for any purpose.
  • No attribution is necessary.

 

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