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Creative Commons

What is Creative Commons License?

  • A freely available alternative form of copyright protection
  • Allows the creator to declare that some rights are reserved Intent is to protect the creator’s interests, while allowing others to use the work in specified ways
  • Different kinds of licenses available at
  • Basic requirement is attribution (credit must be given)
  • Other restrictions can include noncommercial, no derivative works, and share alike

How to Attribute a Creative Commons Licensed Work


  • Keep intact any copyright notices for the work
  • Credit the author, licensor and/or other parties (such as a wiki or journal) in the manner they specify
  • The title of the Work
  • The URL for the Creative Commons license

An Ideal Attribution

This video features the song “Play Your Part (Pt.1)” by Girl Talk, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. © 2008, Greg Gillis.

A Realistic Attribution

Photo by mollyali, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

A Derivative Work Attribution

This is a video adaptation of the novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. Copyright © 2003 Cory Doctorow.

Content on this page has been copied from the article CC HowTo #1: How to Attribute a Creative Commons licensed work by Molly Kleinman available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.


Image source: National Institute of Health