Creative Commons

A citizen's legal guide to using Creative Commons licenses

In this Citizen’s Guide to Creative Commons, we’ll walk you through the various Creative Commons licenses, and explain the ways the different elements of a CC license work together. We’ll cover how to properly use and attribute someone else’s CC licensed work, and general best practices regarding CC licenses. Updated August 2015!

Creative Commons

Creative Commons and other Open Source licenses give copyright holders the flexibility to choose what rights they wish to reserve regarding their content and the type of permission required to copy, reproduce, share, or form derivative works based on that content. Creative Commons and Open Source licenses are generally much less restrictive than traditional copyright licenses, and help to increase the amount of creative work in the public domain.

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