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  1. 1. What is Creative Commons? William L. Merrill, Ph.D. Central Michigan UniversityImage from:
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  3. 3. Creative CommonsCreative Commons is a nonprofit organization that works toincrease the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, andscientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that isavailable to the public for free and legal sharing, use,repurposing, and remixing.Creative Commons defines the spectrum of possibilitiesbetween full copyright and the public domain. From all rightsreserved to no rights reserved. Our licenses help you keep yourcopyright while allowing certain uses of your work — a “somerights reserved” copyright.-
  4. 4. The Possibilities: C cc pdFull Copyright: Creative Commons: Public Domain: all rights reserved no rights reserved some rights reserved
  5. 5. cc Licenses Conditions
  6. 6. cc Licenses Conditions
  7. 7. cc Licenses Conditions
  8. 8. cc Licenses Conditions
  9. 9. The LicensesAttribution: This license lets othersdistribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, evencommercially, as long as they credit you for the originalcreation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered, interms of what others can do with your works licensed underAttribution.
  10. 10. The LicensesAttribution Share Alike: This license lets others remix, tweak,and build upon your work even for commercial reasons, as longas they credit you and license their new creations under theidentical terms. This license is often compared to open sourcesoftware licenses. All new works based on yours will carry thesame license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use.
  11. 11. The LicensesAttribution No Derivatives: This license allows forredistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it ispassed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.
  12. 12. The LicensesAttribution Non-Commercial: This license lets othersremix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, andalthough their new works must also acknowledge you and benon-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivativeworks on the same terms.
  13. 13. The LicensesAttribution Non-Commercial Share Alike: This license letsothers remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their newcreations under the identical terms. Others can download andredistribute your work just like the by-nc-nd license, but theycan also translate, make remixes, and produce new storiesbased on your work. All new work based on yours will carry thesame license, so any derivatives will also be non-commercial innature.
  14. 14. The LicensesAttribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives: This license isthe most restrictive of our six main licenses, allowingredistribution. This license is often called the “free advertising”license because it allows others to download your works andshare them with others as long as they mention you and linkback to you, but they can’t change them in any way or use themcommercially.
  15. 15. cc Licenses Comparison IdenticalLicense Credit Distribute Change Sell License X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
  16. 16. What you get with a cc LicensesCommons Deed: simple plain-language summary of the license+ relevant iconsLegal Code: the fine print that you need to be sure the licensewill stand up in courtDigital Code & Icons: a machine-readable translation of thelicense that helps search engines and other applications displayyour work by its terms of use
  17. 17. Obtain a Lisense