Understanding Creative Commons Licenses

The Creative Commons (CC) copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. Creative Commons licenses help you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. Using a CC license, you retain the copyright for your materials while allowing others to copy and distribute your work, provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify.

CC licensing uses four basic restrictions, which creators choose from to apply to their work:

The following video provides an overview of the Creative Commons licenses:

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