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Licensing Your Thesis For Reuse: Creative Commons (CC)

The Basics on Creative Commons (CC)

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose objective is to generate resources that facilitate the sharing of information, knowledge, and creative products.

Creative Commons licenses are known around the world. By using them, the creator of a work can clearly indicate to the public what permissions they are granting for the use of their work.

There are six Creative Commons licenses. Each one is presented below, from least to most restrictive.


CC BY

Grants public permission to make copies of your thesis, share them with others, create derivative works, and use your thesis for commercial purposes, with the condition that you always receive attribution as the author of the work.


CC BY-SA

Grants public permission to make copies of your thesis, share them with others, use it for commercial purposes, and create derivative works, as long as those derivative works carry a license that is identical to the one assigned to your thesis. Additionally, any person who uses your thesis must recognize you as the author of the work.


CC BY-NC

Grants public permission to make copies of your thesis, share them with others, and create derivative works, but does not allow others to use your thesis for commercial purposes. Additionally, any person who uses your thesis must recognize you as the author of the work.


CC BY-NC-SA

Grants public permission to make copies of your thesis, share them with others, and create derivative works, as long as those derivative works carry a license that is identical to the one assigned to your thesis. However, others are not allowed to use your thesis for commercial purposes. Additionally, any person who uses your thesis must recognize you as the author of the work.


CC BY-ND

Grants public permission to make copies of your thesis and share them with others. Also allows others to use your thesis for commercial purposes. However, the creation of derivative works is not allowed. Additionally, any person who uses your thesis must recognize you as the author of the work.


CC BY-NC-ND

Grants public permission to make copies of your thesis and share them with others. However, others are not allowed to use your thesis for commercial purposes, and the creation of derivative works is not permitted. Additionally, any person who uses your thesis must recognize you as the author of the work.

 

For more information on the different licenses, choosing the one that's right for you, and applying it to your work, click here.