Creative Commons

In this training we will focus on the Creative Commons License, which is the type of open license that you may have come across most frequently. is a non-profit organization, which offers a standardized way to label your work with some rights reserved on conditions of your choice.

Watch the following video "a shared culture", created by Jesse Dylan and find out about the motivation and philosophy behind Creative Commons:


Admittedly, Creative Commons abbreviations do not make a very good first impression. It looks complicated and not very ensuring that even non-tech or -law wizards can apply them. But let's unty this knot of abbreviations, because really CC consists of four different options only, which may be mixed and combined as fits:

  1. BY - Attribution: This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

  2. NC - Non Commercial: This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work - and derivative works based upon it - non-commercially.

  3. ND - No Derivatives: This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole.

  4. SA - Share Alike: This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work, as long as they license their new creations under the identical terms.

The combination of these options grants different degrees of openness to your work. In short:


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