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Creative Commons Licences

One of the rights reserved for creators is the right to distribute copies to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, including licensing. Creative Commons licenses allow the creator to reserve some rights, while encouraging participation in the cultural dialog by applying a minimal license that allows copying and redistribution of their work. There are 4 restrictions that a Creative Commons license can require:

  • Attribution: You must acknowledge the creator of the work with appropriate credit
  • Share Alike: If applied, you can remix, transform, or build upon the work for any purpose, but must share your new work using the same license
  • No Derivatives: If applied, you can copy and redistribute the work in any format, but not change it in any way
  • Non-commercial: If applied, you may not use the work for commercial purposes

The Creative Commons website explains the licenses and what they allow. A creator can also apply a CC0 or Public Domain Mark provided by Creative Commons to signal that they are not reserving any rights to their work, or that there are no known restrictions to the reuse of the work.

CC license boxes for librarian use

For librarians looking for individual licenses for reuse on guides, please see the **Shared UO Boxes Guide.