Creative Commons licenses are a simple, standardized way to give others permission to share and use your work -- on conditions of your choice. By using Creative Commons, the creator retains copyright of their work while allowing others to make limited uses.
Many scholars and artists choose Creative Commons licensing as an easy and safe option to share their work with the world in a free and open way.
There are many advantages to utilizing a Creative Commons license:
Creative Commons offers six different license types, which are all combinations of four different attributes:
Creative Commons offers six copyright licenses.
A Creative Commons license can help you safely and effectively manage the rights to your research while sharing your work freely and openly with the world. Along with the advantages of CC licenses mentioned above, there are additional, specific benefits as an instructor or researcher:
Remember: Utilizing a Creative Commons license to your work doesn't take away your copyrights.
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The information presented in this guide is intended for information purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice.