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Creative Commons: Introduction

An introduction to Creative Commons licensing of copyrighted works.

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons licenses enable the free use, sharing, and re-mixing of original work.

Creative Commons is both a non-profit organization and movement within scholarship, education, and the arts to simplify the use and reuse of original work protected by copyright law. Traditional ("All Rights Reserved") copyright creates restrictive terms for which a work may be used, shared, and adapted. Much of the digital content available online, like photographic images, video clips, audio recordings, and scholarly writing, was created in order to be shared, distributed, and built upon. Creative Commons licenses provide a simple tool for content creators to optimize the sharing  and use of their work.