Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) is the link between copyright and leaving things completely unlicensed.

If work on the internet, in books, video or radio has copyright, you cannot reproduce it without the owners consent.

If work on the internet is licensed with creative commons, you can reuse it as long as you attribute the owner. For example, if I use an image from someone who has licensed it with creative commons, I can use it on my blog or school assignment but need to make sure I put the link to where I got the material from and their name.

Some creative commons licenses state that you cannot adapt the work, or that if remixing you must share your new work the same way for others to use or that you cannot make money from work created using their material.


Licensing your own work

CC allows you to license your own work for sharing. You can license it for any use as long as people credit you (attribution). Other clauses you can put on your license include non-commercial use only (can’t make money), non-derivative (no changes) and share-alike (users must share their work too).


Creative Commons in Education

  • For information about Creative Commons in Education please see this excellent file created in collaboration among educators in various countries.
  • To find material (images, music, video, blogs, etc.) that is licensed for use under Creative Commons try starting your search here.
  • allows you to create your own license.
  • You can access images shared with a CC license through Just make sure you credit creators and you have access to all sorts of high-quality images
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