Creative Commons Licenses and Attribution

Creative Commons licenses typically allow third-parties to use CC-licensed material without fee (and sometimes pursuant to additional restrictions, such as only using CC-licensed material for non-commercial purposes), as long as the user notes the material as CC-licensed and attributes the author of the work. The updated Creative Commons license guidelines were recently released, and among other things provide really good guidance on how to make a proper attribution of CC-licensed work. Although there is no right way or wrong way to attribute, Creative Commons suggests that users attribute the following way: “(work title)” by (author) is licensed under Creative Commons (license version). It is also best practice to place the attribution nearby the work, rather than on a separate attribution page.

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