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Copyright @ Fontbonne University: Creative Commons

Questions about Copyright and Fair Use at Fontbonne? Here you can get an overview of the basics and find out where to go to learn more. Also covers public domain, the TEACH Act, peer-to-peer file sharing, and University policy information.

What is Creative Commons?

When looking for content to use in your course, whether it's audio, video, or print, Creative Commons materials can be a good option.  Creative Commons licenses are a form of copyright protection wherein the creator licenses use without having to ask. The material is still protected by copyright, but with a twist.  There are several variations on Creative Commons licenses that provide different levels and types of use.   Read on...

What is Creative Commons?

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

The people at Creative Commons realize that our technology has outpaced copyright law. It is easy to cut, paste, share, and remix any digital content found on the Internet. But that doesn't mean it's always legal. 

Creative Commons licenses are attached to newly created works that the creator/author wants others to use and remix. Various levels of licensing provided are an attempt to balance the creator's "all rights reserved" of copyright with less restrictive, but still protected, rights.


License    * Material on this page used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

Creative Commons Licenses

...in order of increasing restriction:

Attribution CC BY

Any use is permitted by the creator/author, even commercial use, as long as the original creator is given credit.

Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA

Any use is permitted by the creator/author, even commercial use, as long as the original creator is given credit and the new creation is licensed under identical terms.

Attribution-NoDerivs CC BY-ND

Redistribution is permitted by the creator/author, even commercially, as long as the entire, unchanged original is used and credit is given to the original creator.

Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC

Any non-commercial use is permitted by the creator/author as long as the original creator is given credit.

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA

Any non-commercial use is permitted by the creator/author as long as the original creator is given credit and the new creation is licensed under identical terms.

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND

The most restrictive of these licenses; non-commercial redistribution is permitted by the creator/author as long as the entire, unchanged original is used and credit is given to the original creator.

Finding Creative Commons Licensed Works

CC0 — “No Rights Reserved”

CC0


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