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Creative Commons

Creative Commons licences allow copyright owners to make their work available for reuse without having to repeatedly respond to requests for permission. The copyright owner decides how they would like their work to be reused and then applies the relevant licence. The licences also make it easier to reuse content found online. They clearly indicate what can be done with the content and any conditions to it being reused, such as crediting the creator.

To apply a Creative Commons licence you must own all the rights within the work.

There are six licences to choose from:

Attribution (CC BY)

This licence allows others to use your work in any way, including commercially, as long as they credit you as the creator of the original work. It is the most open of the licences.

Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)

This licence allows others to use your work in any way, including commercially, as long as they credit you as the creator of the original work. They must also make the new work available under the same Creative Commons licence.

Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND)

This licence allows others to redistribute your work as long as it remains unchanged and they credit you as the creator. The work can be used commercially as well as non-commercially.

Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)

This licence allows others to use your work in any way, as long as they credit you as the creator of the original work. Their work must be non-commercial but they are not restricted to using the same licence.

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)

This licence allows others to use your work in any way as long as the new work is non-commercial and you are credited. The new work must also be made available under the same licence.

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

This licence allows users to download and share your work without making any adaptations. They must credit you and they can't use the work commercially. It is the most restrictive of the Creative Commons licences.

You can choose an international licence based on how you want people to reuse your work. Once you have applied a licence to your work and someone has used it under the terms you specified, you cannot revoke that licence. You can change to a different licence for future use, but anyone who has already used your work is still able to do so under the original terms.

A significant amount of material is available online to be reused under Creative Commons licences.

If you want to reuse content that someone else has offered under a Creative Commons licence, check the terms carefully.

If you want to do something that is not covered by the licence, contact the owner to request permission.