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Copyright: Creative Commons

Notice - Information on Copyright Does Not Constitute Legal Advice

Note that the author of this guide is not an attorney and is providing information on copyright only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please see an attorney.

What is the Creative Commons?

The Creative Commons is an organization that allows creators to relinquish some or all rights to their work. There are a number of common licenses that can be used created by the Creative Commons including allowing use of a work for educational purposes, or for all purposes including commercial. Usually, the creator leaves the limitation that the work must be attributed to them and sometimes it cannot be altered but use is much easier than a fully copyright protected work.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons License Types - This site lists the common licenses created by the Creative Commons. Note that there are graphics that can be placed on works to indicate the various requirements of the licenses.

Books on the Creative Commons

Creative Commons Licenses

Attribution Only License This image indicates that the work must be attributed to the creator.

Attribute, no derivitives This image indicates that the work must be attributed to the creator and no derivitive works can be made from it.

Attribution, Non-commercial use, share alike This image indicates that the work must be attributed to the creator, the work cannot be used commercially and any derivitives created must be shared with the same license.

Attribution, Share alike This image indicates that the work must be attributed to the creator and, if you make changes, you must share it with the same license.

Attribution, Non-commercial This image indicates that the work must be attributed to the creator and it cannot be used commercially.

Attribution, non-commercial, no derivitives This image indicates taht the work must be attributed to the creator, it cannot be used commerically, and no derivitive works can be made from it.

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