Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.
STEP 1: Before Licensing
There are some basic steps to take, which are detailed on the Creative Commons site.
1. Make sure your work is copyrightable.
2. Make sure you have the rights.
Do you own the material?
3. Make sure you understand how Creative Commons Licenses operate.
4. Be specific about what you are licensing.
STEP 2: Marking Content with CC Licenses
Visit the following two sites to learn how to mark your content with a CC License.
Creators or copyright holders who wish to apply a Creative Commons license to their work can choose to allow their work to be copied and reused with any one or more restrictions, or certain combinations of restrictions. The four restrictions are:
|Attribution||You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use..|
|Non Commercial||You may not use the material for commercial purposes.|
|Share Alike||If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.|
|No Derivatives||If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.|
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