Creative Commons licenses represent a departure from traditional copyright, which automatically reserves all rights for the creator of a work. By contrast, Creative Commons licenses offer users the ability to retain, revise, reuse, remix, and redistribute their work, depending on which license is chosen.
To the left is an image of the six individual licenses. For a more specific breakdown of the symbols, see the box below: for a comprehensive explanation of each license, use the Choose a License tool to find out more, and to determine which combination of permissions will best fit your needs.
About Copyrights - An informative summary of copyright principles, from Columbia University.
U.S. Copyright Overview - Addresses the basics and key concepts of copyright law.
Copyright FAQ - From Copyright.gov, answers to frequently asked questions.
Feel free to also check out our more extensive copyright guide on this page.
Public Domain Slider - Helps to determine whether a work falls within the public domain.
Best Practices from the Center for Media and Social Impact - Selected resources for journalism, teaching, and more.
Fair Use Evaluator - A website that helps to determine Fair Use.