Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that offers an alternative method for sharing one's work. Creative Commons allows creators to determine exactly how they want their work to be used by selecting a licenses comprised of at least one of four conditions. Whether you are looking for Creative Commons licensed content to use in a project or you want to give your work a CC license, this page covers the four licenses conditions, the different types of licenses, and how to create an attribution for Creative Commons content, so that you can provide proper credit in your own work.
Using the four different license conditions (attribution, share-alike, non-commercial, no-derivatives), you can build a Creative Commons license for your work, based on how you want others to use it.
Attributions for Creative Commons licensed content allow you to provide credit to the creator of the work you are using. Creators do not make any money when the license their content under Creative Commons, so providing attribution provides publicity, which can further increase awareness of their work. For information on creating attributions for images, visit our video guide.
Free Music Archive provides Creative Commons attributions for each song; it can be located on the bottom, right corner of an individual track page. While the attributions are generally reliable, It is still important to locate the title, creator, and Creative Commons license, to verify that it is correct.
If need to create the attribution yourself, use the following formula:
[Title] by [Creator] is licensed under a [license name] license.
Below is an image depicting how to create an attribution for a Free Music Archive. The attribution would read, "The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license." Alternatively, you can abbreviate the license name. The attribution would then read, "The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license."
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