Use Creative Commons, alternative to copyright
The non-profit organization Creative Commons (CC) goes beyond traditional copyright convention to promote sharing and use either with or without some rights reserved. Originators of images, text, research, data, science, audio, video and music choose rights and the appropriate Creative Commons logo to mark their decision to provide materials for public domain, require attribution, allow modification or commercial use. Further, creators can stipulate modification for internal use only, sharing under a similar license, or sharing of derivative works without restrictions.
For example, using the first license below, a company would allow content from its website to be shared, as long as users provide attribution.
These Creative Commons logos help users quickly identify materials and the initiator’s level of permission.
The descriptions of each of the licenses below. Each license deed is a link to a “human readable,” or easy-to-understand version of the actual legal code behind the next link.
Attribution: CC BY
All CC licenses require that others who use your work in any way must give you credit the way you request, but not in a way that suggests you endorse them or their use. If they want to use your work without giving you credit or for endorsement purposes, they must get your permission first.
Attribution-NoDerivatives: CC BY-ND
This license requires not only attribution, but also that no modifications of the work be made.
Attribution-ShareAlike: CC BY-SA
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA
Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives: CC BY-NC-ND
Public domain: CCO
Click here to get Creative Commons wording for display in various uses: website, blog, image, presentation, audio, video, data set or offline document.
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Read instructions and use the Creative Commons license chooser to generate code for your website:
Download Creative Commons license logos here.
Creative Commons types of licenses
Instructions to indicate Creative Commons licenses in audio and video files