Creative Commons Licences

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The Creative Commons project gives authors a framework to make their work available to others in a form that generally gives the authors retained rights and attribution of the works - it clarifies the terms of use of your work.

The suite of CC licences are now commonly used by mainstream publishing houses and often the type of license attached to a piece of work can be be discussed with your publisher and any payment (APC) can be increased or decreased depending on the type of license required.

If you are self-publishing work you can also apply a creative commons licence, more information is available at the Creative Commons website.

For more general information on copyright, visit the International Publishers Association (IPA).

The most common licences

Attribution CC BY content

Attribution CC BY

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.

This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

CC BY

Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA content

Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA

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.

This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

CC BY-SA

Attribution-NoDerivs CC BY-ND content

Attribution-NoDerivs CC BY-ND

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-ND

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA content

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA

Attribution-NonCommercial-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-SA

Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC content

Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC

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 EU

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND content

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND

Attribution-NonCommercial-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.

CC BY-NC-ND

No Rights Reserved ("no copyright") CC0 content

No Rights Reserved ("no copyright") CC0

No Rights Reserved ("no copyright") CC0

CC0 enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright- or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law.

In contrast to CC’s licenses that allow copyright holders to choose from a range of permissions while retaining their copyright, CC0 empowers yet another choice altogether – the choice to opt out of copyright and database protection, and the exclusive rights automatically granted to creators – the “no rights reserved” alternative to our licenses.

No copyright CC0

Public domain

Further information content

Further information

Further license information is available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/

For a list of all types of license, past and current, with some information of equivalents, see http://opendefinition.org/licenses/

Infographic describing the uses of the CC suite of licenses content

Infographic describing the uses of the CC suite of licenses

Courtesy of foter.com

Creative commons licenses explanatory graphic