Creative Commons Licenses

By licensing a work under a Creative Commons license, the creator is not giving away his copyright interest, but rather setting the parameters of use allowed for the work and letting others build off of his original work under the specific terms that he’s chosen.

There are six different CC licenses with varying characteristics that can be assigned to works:

  • Attribution: this license allows others to change the original work, transform it, make derivatives from it, and even use it for commercial use so long as they give the creator attribution.
    Link to license here.
  • Attribution-ShareAlike: this license allows others to change the original work, transform it, make derivatives from it, and even use it for commercial purposes so long as the creator is given attribution. Additionally, all derivatives created from this work will be licensed under this same type of CC license.
    Link to license here.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial: this license allows others to change the original work, transform it, make derivatives from it, but ONLY for non-commercial purposes, and so long as the creator is given attribution.
    Link to license here.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: this license allows others to change the original work, transform it, make derivatives from it, but ONLY for non-commercial purposes, and so long as the creator is given attribution. Additionally, all derivatives created from this work will be licensed under this same type of CC license.
    Link to license here.
  • Attribution-NoDerivatives: this license allows others to use the original work, even for commercial purposes, so long as the creator is given attribution, but it DOES NOT allow for changes or derivatives to be made.
    Link to license here.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives: this license allows for others to use the original work, so long as the creator is given attribution, but NOT for commercial purposes. And it DOES NOT allow for changes or derivatives to be made.
    Link to license here.

The best way to give attribution is by stating:

  • the TITLE of the original work,
  • the original AUTHOR’S NAME,
  • the SOURCE where the original work was found,
  • the specific CC LICENSE that was given to the work, and
  • if derivatives are allowed, what CHANGES were made to the original

To learn more about these licenses and how they apply you can visit creativecommons.org or contact Anne Gilliland at the Scholarly Communications Office.