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Scholarly Publishing and Open Access: Creative Commons Licenses

Overview of open access publishing and policies

Creative Commons Licenses - Overview

Creative Commons licenses offer authors and other creators a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. Every CC license works anywhere in the world and ensures that authors get the credit for their work they deserve.  Common features such as "attribution" serve as the baseline, and then licensors can choose to grant additional permissions or limitations when deciding how they want their work to be used.

An Introduction to Creative Commons

Types of CC Licenses

Attribution
CC BY

This is the most accommodating of CC licenses offered.  CC BY allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. 

Attribution-ShareAlike
CC BY-SA

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

Attribution-NoDerivs
CC BY-ND

Allows for redistribution - commercial and non-commercial - as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

Attribution-NonCommercial
CC BY-NC

Lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work as long as they acknowledge you as the originator and use is non-commercial

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
CC BY-NC-SA

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs
CC BY-NC-ND

This license is the most restrictive of the six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.