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Creative Commons for Open Projects: Copyright and CC Licenses

Copyright and Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons licenses are based on copyright law, and do not conflict with or supersede any provisions of copyright law. This includes copyright exceptions and limitations. Exceptions and limitations always apply, including when a CC license is used. Some examples:

  • Fair use (US law) remains fair use, even when a seemingly more restrictive Creative Commons license is in effect. By design, CC licenses do not reduce or restrict other rights under copyright
  • Works in the public domain should not be assigned CC licenses, as this would imply restrictions on their use.

Guide Credit and License

"Creative Commons for Open Projects" by Denise Hattwig (2023) is licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.