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Copyright: Creative Commons Licensing

Creative Commons Licenses

In recognizing the need for creators to build off the works of others, the Creative Commons licenses were created to allow creators to make their work available for others to use. You can search for public domain and CC images on their website. There are seven different creative commons licenses ordered from least restrictive to most:

CC0 License

 

CC0

This license enables creators and copyright owners to put their work into the public domain and waive all exclusive rights.

CC BY License  

 

Attribution CC BY

This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation.

CC BY SA License 

 

Attribution ShareAlike CC BY-SA

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

 

CC BY ND License 

 

Attribution-NoDerivs CC BY-ND

This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

CC BY NC License 

 

Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

CC BY NC SA License 

Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA


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

CC BY NC ND License

 

Attribution-NonCommerical-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND

This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.