A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enables the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. When an author chooses to give others the right to share, use, or build upon a personal work, he or she uses a CC license.
There are six CC licenses, distinguished by the bundle of rights allowed:
For more information see Creative Commons: About the Licenses
How to Cite:
A good rule of thumb is to use the acronym "TASL" (Title, Author, Source, License).
- Title - Provide the title of the adopted work and hyperlink to the original source. If a title is not provided, don't worry about including it.
- Author - Credit the author. Many times the licensor may want you to give credit to some other entity, like a company or pseudonym, or wants no credit at all - abide by their wishes. Also if the author has a webpage, hyperlink his or her name to the webpage.
- Source - Provide the URL where the work is hosted.
- License - Keep intact any copyright notice associated with the work. Provide the exact name of the Creative Commons license under which the work was released, and hyperlink the license name to the its deed page. You can use acronyms instead.