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Creative Commons License Discovery

A Creative Commonsis one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created. CC provides an author flexibility (for example, they might choose to allow only non-commercial uses of their own work) and protects the people who use or redistribute an author's work from concerns of copyright infringement as long as they abide by the conditions that are specified in the license by which the author distributes the work. 

Type of Licenses

Icon Right Description
Attribution Attribution (BY) Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works and remixes based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits (attribution) in the manner specified by these.
Share-alike Share-alike (SA) Licensees may distribute derivative works only under a license identical ("not more restrictive") to the license that governs the original work. (See also copyleft.) Without share-alike, derivative works might be sublicensed with compatible but more restrictive license clauses, e.g. CC BY to CC BY-NC.)
Non-commercial Non-commercial (NC) Licensees may copy, distribute, display, and perform the work and make derivative works and remixes based on it only for non-commercial purposes.
Non-derivative No Derivative Works (ND) Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform only verbatim copies of the work, not derivative works and remixes based on it.

Seven regularly used licenses

Icon Description Acronym Allows Remix culture Allows commercial use Allows Free Cultural Works Meets 'Open Definition'
CC0 icon Freeing content globally without restrictions CC0 Yes Yes Yes Yes
CC-BY icon Attribution alone BY Yes Yes Yes Yes
CC-BY-SA icon Attribution + ShareAlike BY-SA Yes Yes Yes Yes
CC-by-NC icon Attribution + Noncommercial BY-NC Yes No No No
CC-BY-ND icon Attribution + NoDerivatives BY-ND No Yes No No
CC-BY-NC-SA icon Attribution + Noncommercial + ShareAlike BY-NC-SA Yes No No No
CC-BY-NC-ND icon Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives BY-NC-ND No No No No

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