With Creative Commons licenses, you keep your copyright but
share your creativity. CC licenses allow others to copy and
distribute your work, provided they give you credit and follow
the conditions you specify. CC licenses are a great choice for
musicians who want to encourage fans to remix their songs,
scientists who want to ensure their research is freely available,
and any other creator who would like to share their work while
still retaining some rights.
Selecting a License
Creative Commons offers six different content licenses. The first
step to sharing your work is to select the license that’s right for
you. The Creative Commons license chooser helps you select
a CC license that matches the conditions you want. It also
provides you with a snippet of code for your website to signal
which license you’ve chosen.
Marking Your Content
Choosing a license is only the first step; a CC license is only effective
if others have a way of knowing about it. It is important to clearly
mark your content so that others are aware of what permissions
they have. One way to do this is to copy the code snippet from
the license chooser and paste it into the HTML of your website.
It is also recommended you display the license within the work
itself, especially if your content will be shared online or displayed
in a physical medium. Different types of content will have different
limitations, but your marker should contain:
1. The full URL (link) to the license.
2. Optionally, the Creative Commons license icons,
including the CC logo.
CC icons may be downloaded from the Press Kit page at
http://creativecommons.org/presskit/. Markers and video bumpers
are available on the CC wiki, but you can also make your own.
You may also want to include a copyright notice stating the
author(s) and date of creation. The phrase “Some Rights Reserved”
may be used to differentiate from t