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Copyright & Fair Use for Students

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that provides a platform for finding and sharing freely available creative works. Creative Commons allows creators to choose one of eight types of licenses that either restrict or expand use protections. These licenses typically allow for more flexibility than traditional copyright protections. Often, you are able to re-use, build upon, and share works (depending upon the license type.) 

Types of Creative Commons Licenses

CC BY (Attribution) - You are free to use, share and adapt this work as long as you give credit to the creator.

CC BY-SA (Attribution-ShareAlike) - You are free to use, share, and adapt this work as long as you give credit to the creator and also distribute your contributions under the same type of Creative Commons license.

CC BY-ND (Attribution-NoDerivatives) - You are free to share and distribute this work as long as you give credit to the creator and do not create derivatives of the work. 

CC BY-NC (Attribution-NonCommercial) - You are free to share, distribute, and adapt this work as long as you give credit to the creator and it is not for commercial purposes. 

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike) - You are free to share, distribute, and adapt this work as long as you give credit to the creator, it is not for commercial purposes, and you also distribute your contributions under the same type of Creative Commons license. 

CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives) - You are free to share and distribute this work as long as you give credit to the creator. You may not create derivatives or use this work for commercial purposes. 

Creative Commons Licenses Explained

Source: Xplore Net Solutions https://www.slideshare.net/xploreNET/creative-commons-licenses-explained-at-a-glance