adding Creative Commons licences to your website hosting your images
choose a licence step 2: choose a licence

Before you can add the source code to your website you first need to choose a licence. The licence chooser provides an easy to use interface for choosing a licence. Fill in the questions and the appropriate licence is automatically generated.

launch launch licence chooser


copy the code step 3: copy the code

On the “Mark your content” page of the license process, copy the code provided. First highlight all the code and then use the Copy function in Edit menu, or right click and use the Copy function (PC only) or press Ctrl + c (Command + c on a Mac).


paste the code step 4: paste the code to your site

The specifics of the last step will depend on how you edit your website. Most desktop website tools like Dreamweaver, Frontpage, or GoLive offer a “code view” that lets you see the code that makes up your page. Near the end of the page you are hosting text, before you see , paste in the code copied in the step 3. You can do this by using the Paste function in Edit menu, or right click and use the Paste function (PC only) or press Ctrl + v (Command + v on a Mac).


step 5: points on marking your content

  • specifically define what you’re licensing: websites are often made up of several components. You should note whether you’re licensing the entire site, or just certain text, pages, graphics, or files.
  • put the reference in a prominent, visible place: You should place the reference right next to the work you intend to license. If you cannot easily place it next to each work or if you are licensing a
    large group of works, place the reference somewhere near the top of the page or along a sidebar, rather than hidden at the footer of the page. In addition, make sure that the link appears wherever the licensed works appear on your site, rather than just on the front page
  • use the CC button to mark your content (if possible): this symbol will help people easily recognise that your content is licensed. You can add this button to your site by using the full HTML/RDF supplied during your license selection process. Otherwise, use an ostensible, plain text link.

for example:



* Scott Andrew lets visitors know each song is licensed with a prominent button and message
* Stickbugblog places its button visibly on its sidebar, asserting specifically that all content is licensed
* Bag and Baggage explains that all pages within the site are licensed


more info Still unsure how to embed licence information into a webstie? The Creative Commons site has information on marking HTML



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