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Information about use of copyrighted materials
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2017 URL: Print Guide

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What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Creative Commons offers free, easy-to-use copyright licenses , which allow anyone a standardized way to give the public permission to share and use creative work — on conditions the creator chooses. 

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.

They also provide a CCsearch, which lets you look for items that are licensed under the Creative Commons, such as images, videos, and music.


About Creative Commons Licenses

What does a Creative Commons License do?

The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. The CC tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. 

There are six licenses to choose from. For more information on these licenses go to the Creative Commons License page

How do I get a Creative Commons License?

Licensing a work is as simple as selecting which of the six licenses best meets your goals, and then marking your work in some way so that others know that you have chosen to release the work under the terms of that license. There is no registration. Click here to apply your Creative Commons license.


Search Creative Commons

The Creative Commons Search allows you to look for items that are licensed under Creative Commons to share, use, and remix. Here you can search for images, videos, and music.


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