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Copyright Resources: Creative Commons

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that helps creators license their work properly through free legal tools.

This video is licensed under CC BY 3.0.

Public Domain

Public Domain materials are works that are free from intellectual property laws.  There are no restrictions for individuals to use these works, nor are permissions necessary. Works within the Public Domain can never be owned by any individuals. There are different ways that works become part of the Public Domain. These include: 

  • Expiration of copyright period (please see Cornell University's Copyright and Public Domain Guide)

  • Failure to comply with copyright formalities

  • Intentional dedication to Public Domain by the creator

  • Federal employees' works

  • "Common heritage of sources, or folk customs."

You can use any U.S. work in the Public Domain in any way that you want, as much as you want. They belong to the public. Keep in mind, however, that the requirements for public domain vary by country.

Resources for Public Domain can be found in Additional Resources.

Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons Copyright Licenses allow creators (either individuals or companies) to grant permissions to others to share and use their creative works in a copyrighted format. The licenses all comply with copyright law.

 
 Attribution 
 CC BY

Allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating license offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.


​ Attribution-ShareAlike 
 CC BY-SA

Allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under these identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from similarly licensed projects.


​ Attribution-NoDerivs 
 CC BY-ND

Allows redistribution of works for both commercial and non-commercial purposes, as long as it is passed along unchanged, in whole, and with credit to you.


​ Attribution-NonCommercial 
 CC BY-NC

Allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially. Although their new works also must acknowledge you and be for non-commercial purposes, they do not have to license their derivative works on the same terms.


​ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 
 CC BY-NC-SA

Allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under these identical terms.


 Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 
 CC BY-NC-ND

Allows others only to download your work and share it for non-commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and do not change the work in any way. This is the most restrictive of the licenses.

 

Creative Commons 4.0 International License


  “No Rights Reserved"
   CC0
Allows creators to waive most copyrights to their original works, allowing others to reuse, share, remix, and tweak without attribution. This is the least restrictive of the licenses.

Creative Commons 4.0 International License

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