Creative Commons Licenses

To ensure your work is available to a wide audience it is important to license under the sufficently 'open' creative commons license. Creative Commons was founded in 2001 by the Center for the Public Domain.1 Creative Commons, "helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world.2

On their website Creative Commons provides information about what their licenses do and what to consider when you are choosing a license.3 Also availble on the website is a break-down of the four conditions that can be placed on each license attribution, sharealike, noncommercial, and noderivatives.4 A user can chose which conditions they wish to impose on their work.

Provided are a list of the possible Creative Commons Licenses, beginning with a CC BY license which could be considered to be the most open:

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

 

1Creative Commons. (n.d.). History. Retrieved from https://creativecommons.org/about/history/.

2Creative Commons. (n.d.). Creative commons. Retrieved from https://creativecommons.org/about.

3Creative Commons. (n.d.). Licensing consideration. Retrived from https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/licensing-considerations/.

4Creative Commons. (n.d.). Licensing types. Retrieved from https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/licensing-types-examples/.