Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that works to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) available in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.

How Does Creative Commons Work?

Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use legal tools that give everyone from individual “user generated content” creators to major companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to pre-clear usage rights to creative work they own the copyright to. CC licenses let people easily change their copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They apply on top of copyright, so you can modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs. We’ve collaborated with copyright experts all around the world to ensure that our licenses work globally.

Getting a Creative Commons license is easy. Visit and click “License Your Work” to learn more.

Source: What is Creative Commons by Creative Commons is licensed under CC BY 3.0

Creative Commons licenses

Table of Creative Commons Licenses CC BY 4.0


Unless otherwise noted (such as CC0 Public Domain/No Rights Reserved), works with Creative Commons licenses require attribution.

How do I properly attribute a work offered under a Creative Commons license?

Include the following in your attribution statement:

  • Title – What is the name of the material?
  • Author – Who owns the material?
  • Source – Where can the material be found?
  • License – How can I use it?

Attribution example

A sample of an OER with attribution