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Open Licenses: Creative Commons and other options for sharing your work

Balancing the rights of creators and users. Open licenses grant users some permissions to use and distribute a work, permission not granted by the default "all rights reserved" of copyright.

Attribution CC-BY


Attribution is a requirement included in all Creative Commons Licenses and can be used as a stand alone requirement or mixed with the other three license elements to create a variety of different re-use restrictions.

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. In addition to complying with the terms of the license providing attribution avoids any potential issues with plagiarism and it is important to cite you sources even when using materials not  using a creative commons license.

Materials with the CC-BY License will have the following Human readable logo. .


How to Provide Attribution

Below is an image from the a party celebrating the 10th anniversary of founding of Creative Commons. The standard attribution for the image can be found below the image. With the elements of that attribution displayed to the right of the photo. 

Creative Commons 10th birthday party cupcakes

Title: “Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco”

Author:  tvol” – linked to his profile page

Source:Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco” – linked to original Flickr page

License: CC BY 2.0” – linked to license deed








Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco” by tvol is licensed under CC BY 2.0