Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons (CC) copyright licenses help you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. Using a CC license, you retain the copyright for your materials while allowing others to copy and distribute your work, provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify. CC work with platforms like Wikipedia, YouTube, SlideShare, Flickr, and Vimeo to provide their users with the option of easily licensing works with CC licenses.

CC licensing uses four basic restrictions, which creators choose from to apply to their work:

The following video provides a quick overview of the CC licenses:


Online tool to help you choose the appropriate CC license for your work

Easy-to-use CC license attribution builder


What is a Creative Commons (CC) license? OER FAQ. Commonwealth of Learning. Retrieved February 19, 2017. About the licenses. Creative Commons. Retrieved February 19, 2017.