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Guidance on copyright and fair use of copyrighted materials

About Creative Commons

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons provide licenses and public domain tools that give people and organizations a free and standardized way to grant copyright permissions for creative and academic works; ensure proper attribution; and allow others to copy, distribute, and make use of those works.

  Creative Commons allows a range of protections around three areas:

  1. commercial or noncommercial use
  2. derivative works
  3. requiring the same license terms for derivative works

Types of Creative Commons Licenses

Attribution: the most open license; users must credit the originator of the work.

Attribution, No Derivatives: may use the work unchanged with credit to the creator.

Attribution, NonCommercial, ShareAlike: may use the work noncommercially as long as the creator is credited and the new work carries identical license terms to the original.

Attribution ShareAlike: originator must be credited and new work must carry same license terms as original.

Attribution NonCommercial: subsequent works must be non-commercial and acknowledge the creator.

Attribution NonCommerical NoDerivatives: the most restrictive license.  Works may be copied and shared with others with credit to the originator, no changes or commercial use are allowed.

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