Answered By: Elyse Wolf
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2019     Views: 32

The Creative Commons License

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that has created a set of copyright licenses. Through the use of these licenses by copyright holders, Creative Commons intends to simplify the process by which copyright holders can give up some or all of the rights associated with their copyrighted material. These standard licenses help users quickly and easily determine how they may use covered content.

License Requirements

There are six basic Creative Commons Licenses based on four requirements of use. The following icons indicate the conditions that must be met to re-use a work:

Creative Commons Licenses
License Icon License Meaning

Attribution: You may use the work as long as you give credit in the form the author requests, provide a link to the license, and indicate if you made any changes to the work.

ShareAlike: You must distribute your derivative work under the same license as the original work.

Non-Commercial: You cannot use the work for commercial purposes.

NoDerivatives: You cannot distribute modified versions of the work.

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