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Copyright: Creative Commons

A guide for students and instructors. This guide is not intended to be legal advice. It was not created by lawyers. It is designed to provide general information about copyright and intellectual property.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons LogoCreative Commons (CC) is a nonprofit organization that provides tools to share knowledge and creativity. There are six Creative Commons licenses for a standardized way to note permissions to use works under copyright law and public domain tools to make it easy to place your works in the public domain for others to use freely.

Look for the CC license marks in the articles and books you find and search their image database to find works with Creative Commons licenses.

Creative Commons Licenses

Look up information on Creative Common licenses by clicking the links below or visiting their website at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/.

  Attribution (CC BY) This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. View License Deed | View Legal Code


    Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. View License Deed | View Legal Code


  Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND) This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you. View License Deed | View Legal Code


  Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.  View License Deed | View Legal Code


  Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA) This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.  View License Deed | View Legal Code


  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.   View License Deed | View Legal Code

The content in this box is from the Creative Commons Website and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.