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The Six CC Licenses
Creative Commons offers six licenses that communicate how the content creator wants their work to be shared or altered. For complete information about the licenses click here.
 
  Attribution (CC BY): Others can use and change your work, even commercially, as long as they give you credit.

  Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA): Others can use and change your work, even commercially, as long as they give you credit and license the new work under this same license.

  Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND): Others can copy and redistribute your work, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, as long as the work remains in its original condition, with credit going to you.

  Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC): Others can alter your work non-commercially, while giving you credit--but they don't have to license the derivative work on the same terms.

  Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA): Others can alter your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license the derivate work under the same timers.

  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND): No one can alter your work or use it commercially--people who download and share your work must credit you. 

To CC license your work, use the Choose a License Generator to get the CC license that works for you!
 
Subject Specialist
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Rachel Wexelbaum
Associate Professor, Collection Management Librarian
MC 135D
(320) 308-4756
rswexelbaum@stcloudstate.edu

What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons (CC) is an American non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to share and build upon legally (Frequently Asked Questions: About CC). People who make open access resources must license their work through Creative Commons to communicate to users how they will allow their work to be shared or altered.
Codes You Need to Know
Attribution    Attribution (by): All CC licenses require that people who use your work credit you in the way that you request. 

ShareAlike    ShareAlike (sa): Others may copy, distribute, display, perform, and modify your work as long as they distribute the modified work on the same terms.

NonCommercial    NonCommercial (nc): No one can copy, distrbute, display, or perform your work for commercial purposes without permission.

NoDerivatives    NoDerivatives (nd): Only original copies of your work may be copied, distributed, displayed, and performed. Those who wish to alter your work will need your permission.


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