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Copyright Guide: Creative Commons

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What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons (CC) is a license that copyright owners can apply to give advance permission to use their work.

As a content user, you can use content licensed under a CC license without asking permission, so long as you follow the conditions of the CC license.

As a content creator, you can share your work under a CC license to make the work more open to others who want to use it.

Types of CC Licenses

License Name/Logo Conditions of License

Attribution (CC-BY)
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  • Attribute author
  • Link to CC License
  • Note any changes
Share-Alike (CC-BY-SA)
CC-BY-SA license logo
  • Attribute author
  • Link to CC License
  • Note any changes
  • Share resulting work under CC-BY-SA*
NoDerivs (CC-BY-ND)
CC-BY-ND license logo
  • Attribute author
  • Link to CC License
  • Cannot make any modifications
NonCommercial (CC-BY-NC)
CC-BY-NC license logo
  • Attribute author
  • Link to CC License
  • Note any changes
  • Cannot sell or use commercially
NonCommercial-Share Alike (CC-BY-NC-SA)
CC-BY-NC-SA license logo
  • Attribute author
  • Link to CC License
  • Note any changes
  • Share resulting work under CC-BY-SA*
  • Cannot sell or use commercially
NonCommercial NoDerivs (CC-BY-NC-ND)
CC-BY-NC-ND license logo
  • Attribute author
  • Link to CC License
  • Cannot make any modifications
  • Cannot sell or use commercially

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