Creative Commons explained

What Creative Commons say:

Our vision is nothing less than realizing the full potential of the Internet — universal access to research and education, full participation in culture — to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity... Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.

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With the Internet, universal access to education is possible, but its potential is hindered by archaic copyright laws and incompatible technologies. Creative Commons work to minimize these barriers, by providing licenses and tools that anyone can use to share their educational materials with the world — helping to realize the full benefits of digitally enabled education.

The Creative Commons marks

Creative Commons logo explained

For detailed information click on the logo at the bottom of each page however, briefly this means:

You are free:

  • to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to Remix — to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

Material by Mark Hancock and Annie McDonald is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.