Creative Commons web site (link)
The Creative Commons (CC) license is free to anyone and is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created. CC provides an author flexibility (for example, they might choose to allow only non-commercial uses of their own work) and protects the people who use or redistribute an author’s work from concerns of copyright infringement as long as they abide by the conditions that are specified in the license by which the author distributes the work.
- Want to let people share and use your photographs, but not allow companies to sell them?
- Looking for access to course materials from the world’s top universities?
- Want to encourage readers to re-publish your blog posts, as long as they give you credit?
- Looking for songs that you can use and remix, royalty-free?
Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs. Just look for the Creative Commons CC logo.
What do the CC icons mean
BY means ‘attribute’ – Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works and remixes based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits (attribution) in the manner specified by these.
NC means ‘non-commercial’ – Licensees may copy, distribute, display, and perform the work and make derivative works and remixes based on it only for non-commercial purposes.
ND means ‘non-derivative’ – Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform only verbatim copies of the work, not derivative works and remixes based on it.
SA means ‘share alike’ – Licensees may distribute derivative works only under a license identical (“not more restrictive”) to the license that governs the original work. Without share-alike derivative works might be sublicensed with compatible but more restrictive license clauses, e.g. CC BY to CC BY-NC.)
Further Links and Resources
- Creative Commons license Wikipedia
- Creative Commons with Flickr
- Creative Commons is a global movement to encourage the distribution and sharing of creative work in the digital age. “Share, Remix, Reuse – Legally”
- University of Leeds Library: Copyright and licences
- UoL SDDU: Copyright and Legal
- UoL: Copyright and the VLE
- UoL VLE: Policy and legal statements