Creative Commons licences provide a standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licences let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

Using a CC licence to share your work

Licensing a work is simple. There are six licences that can be chosen based on your needs. To help you decide which licence is right for you use go to:

For examples of how to mark your work with a CC licence, see here.

How can I use CC content?

When you find a work that has been released under a Creative Commons licence, you are always free to share, copy, and redistribute it in any medium or format. To help you understand your rights to use a licensed work go to

This permission cannot be taken away, as long as you follow the licence terms.

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Creative Commons licences allow creators to mix-and-match restrictions that apply to their works. You should check which terms apply to the works you want to use. The four different licence terms are:

  • Attribution: You must always provide credit to the original author.

  • Share-Alike: If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

  • Non-Commercial: You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

  • No-Derivatives: You may not distribute modified versions of the work.

How should I provide attribution?

No matter which of the six licences are applied, you must always attribute the creator of the material.

To provide appropriate credit, you must:

  • Provide the author’s name and the title of the work
  • If possible, provide a link back to the source of the work
  • Provide a link to the CC licence that applies to the original work
  • Indicate if you made any changes to the work
  • Keep intact any copyright notice the author has provided

This information can be displayed in a variety of ways; there is not one distinct way to attribute. For examples of how to attribute material see the attribution fact sheet.

Providing proper attribution ensures that the original creator is acknowledged for their work and shows subsequent users that they are also free to use the work under the same conditions.

Example: how to provide attribution in text

Photo: "Flamingos Partying" by Pedro Szekely. CC BY 2.0 Generic.
‘Flamingos Partying’ by Pedro Szekelly, Licensed CC BY 2.0

Example: using a shorter attribution link

On the web, you can use a shorter attribution format if you provide a link to all the necessary information.

Flickrstorm licence notice. Photo: "Flamingos Partying" by Pedro Szekely. CC BY 2.0 Generic.