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Creative Commons: Using CC-Licensed Works

Using CC-Licensed Works

When creators publish their works using a Creative Commons license, they are giving permission for their works to be shared, used, and/or adapted (depending on which license they choose) more readily and easily. As a user of a CC-Licensed work, it is important for you to pay attention to which license it has been published with, so that you can attribute it and put it to use appropriately (for example, not making a profit if the license includes NC). When attributing a work, a best practice is to use the TASL approach: Title, Author, Source, License. This gives credit to the source as well as communicating to your reader/user where they can find the work and information about its license. 

You might also choose to incorporate a work into your own project, or change the original work in some way. In this case, there are more considerations to take into account. The drop down menu for this page will help you navigate using CC-Licensed work in adaptations and collections.


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"Creative Commons: Using CC-Licensed Work" by Danielle Campbell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.