Using Creative Commons metadata

When you choose a licence using the Creative Commons licence chooser, you are provided with metadata in the form of HTML code for that licence. Although metadata is really useful, we get numerous inquiries about how to properly use it. Below are some examples. Each example uses the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike Unported licence (you can of course use any CC licence type and jurisdiction). Below each example we have included the code for you.

Standard licence metadata

When you choose a licence, the licence chooser automatically generates HTML code to produce the following licence notice for you:

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Below is the HTML code for this notice. By copying and pasting it into your website you can display the notice anywhere you choose on a page.


(This code was generated using the Creative Commons licence chooser.)

When someone clicks on the icon or the licence name in the notice, they are taken to the Commons Deed for that licence.

Commons Deed

Licence metadata including ‘Additional information’

Under the standard questions on the licence chooser, you can also include descriptive metadata such as who created it, the name of the work and where it is hosted. This is useful for helping potential licensees identify the original work and attribute it. Below is the licence notice and HMTL code (for the same licence) automatically generated when you fill in the additional information:

Creative Commons License
Marking examples by Creative Commons Australia is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://creativecommons.org.au/contact.

Below is the HTML code used to display the licence notice above. You can copy and paste it.


(This code was generated using the Creative Commons licence chooser.)

Now when you click through to the Commons Deed you’ll notice that it includes specific information related to the work and creator.

Commons Deed with additional metadata

In particular, it includes contact information, who to attribute and recommended HTML code for attributing the work.

Commons Deed more permissions

Commons Deed attribution code

The recommended attribution code for this licence, for example, results in a notice like this:

Customised licence metadata

You can of course also add your own notice information into the metadata. Below is a custom licence notice for the same licence. You can see in the box below that we have merely added the new text at the end of the standard licence metadata.:

Creative Commons License
Unless otherwise noted this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported Licence. You are free to copy, communicate and adapt this work, so long as your use is not for commercial purposes, any derivative works are licensed under this licence (or similar license to this one) and you attribute Creative Commons Australia
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://creativecommons.org.au/contact.

Below is the HTML code used to display the licence notice above. You can copy and paste it.


(This code is a customisation of the code generated using the Creative Commons licence chooser.)

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