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Creative Commons

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creative works and knowledge through their CC licenses.  CC licenses allow work to be reused without permission when certain conditions are fulfilled.  CC licenses have been found to be legally valid in many jurisdictions and countries.

Creators can add CC licenses to their work to share it and make it more available to view and use. Creators can select the license based on how they want others to use, share, or create derivatives of their work.  They only need to add their license, which can be a statement (e.g., CC BY-SA 4.0) or a CC label to their work.  

CC licenses do not take away a copyright or its protections, and only a copyright holder can add a CC license to a work.

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Copyright and Creative Commons for Artists

Seemel, G. (2013). The new kind of copyright [Video]. Vimeo.

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