With Creative Commons licenses, you keep your copyright butshare your creativity. CC licenses allow others to copy anddistribute your work, provided they give you credit and ollowthe conditions you speciy. CC licenses are a great choice ormusicians who want to encourage ans to remix their songs,scientists who want to ensure their research is reely available,and any other creator who would like to share their work whilestill retaining some rights.
Selecting a License
Creative Commons oers six dierent content licenses. The frststep to sharing your work is to select the license that’s right oryou. The Creative Commons license chooser helps you selecta CC license that matches the conditions you want. It alsoprovides you with a snippet o code or your website to signalwhich license you’ve chosen.
Marking Your Content
Choosing a license is only the frst step; a CC license is only eectivei others have a way o knowing about it. It is important to clearlymark your content so that others are aware o what permissionsthey have. One way to do this is to copy the code snippet romthe license chooser and paste it into the HTML o your website.It is also recommended you display the license within the workitsel, especially i your content will be shared online or displayedin a physical medium. Dierent types o content will have dierentlimitations, but your marker should contain:1. The ull URL (link) to the license.Example: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/2. Optionally, the Creative Commons license icons,including the CC logo.CC icons may be downloaded rom the Press Kit page athttp://creativecommons.org/presskit/. Markers and video bumpersare available on the CC wiki, but you can also make your own.You may also want to include a copyright notice stating theauthor(s) and date o creation. The phrase “Some Rights Reserved”may be used to dierentiate rom the deault “All Rights Reserved”copyright notice. Because each CC license represents a dierent set o permissionsand restrictions, it is important to note the specifc license used.Displaying only the
icon, “Creative Commons”, or “SomeRights Reserved” is insufcient, always include the ull URL.In order or others to credit you or your work, it is preerable toprovide an attribution name and URL. I your work is a derivativeor remix, you must also properly attribute the original creator(s).Unless the creator(s) have specifed otherwise, displaying theirname(s) and a URL (i applicable) is adequate attribution.
Text-based documents should contain a CC marker —a graphic or line o text stating the license — wherever acopyright notice would go, such as in a ooter or on a coverpage. For documents containing images, markers shouldideally include the CC icons and ull URL to the license. Forplain text documents, the CC icons may be replaced withthe name o the license (e.g. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial) or the abbreviation (e.g. CC BY-NC). Inboth cases the ull URL to the license should be included.A copyright notice stating the author(s), date, and copyrightshould also be included. Sample markers may be downloaded athttp://wiki.creativecommons.org/CC_markers.
For images, a CC marker — a graphic or line o text statingthe license — should be displayed on or near the image.Markers should ideally include the CC icons and ull URL tothe license. For plain text captions, the CC icons may bereplaced with the name o the license (e.g. Creative CommonsAttribution) or the abbreviation (e.g. CC BY). In both casesthe ull URL to the license should be included. A copyrightnotice stating the author(s), date, and copyright shouldalso be included. Sample markers may be downloaded athttp://wiki.creativecommons.org/CC_markers.
Licensing & Marking YourContent with Creative Commons
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