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Fast Facts About Creative Commons

These factoids come from the Creative Commons website [CC BY]:

  • The first CC license was issued in 2002.
  • By 2009 there were over 350 million CC-licensed works.
  • Flickr is is the single largest source of CC content on the web.
  • YouTube offers users the option to CC license the videos that they upload.
  • Wikipedia operates under a CC Attribution Share-Alike license.
  • CC licensing is recognized in over 50 affiliate jurisdictions.
  • Khan Academy videos are licensed under CC Attribution - Noncommercial - Share Alike licenses.
  • requires all third party content that is posted there to be under a CC Attribution license.

CC - What does it mean?


The Creative Commons movement started to enable people to share and use works on the Internet. Copyright restrictions existed long before the Internet started, making it difficult for people to legally reuse other people's work. 

Creative Commons simplifies the licensing of content whether it be audio, text, images, video or any other format.



This easy guide for using material with Creative Commons licenses is from New Media Rights. You may also use these licenses if you choose to make your own published work available for copying or re-use.

Attribution-NoDerivs You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work

Attribution-ShareAlike If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one

Attribution-NonCommercial  You may not use this work for commercial purposes 

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs You may not use this work for commercial purposes; You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work 

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike  You may not use this work for commercial purposes; If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

The Creative Commons website has more information about each type of license.


BY - Attribution of CC Resources

This document prepared in conjuction with Creative Commons Australia provides an excellent discussion of proper attribution under a Creative Commons license.

What is Proper CC Attribution?


What Creative Commons Says . . .

What We Provide

The infrastructure we provide consists of a set of copyright licenses and tools that create a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates.

Our tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to keep their copyright while allowing certain uses of their work — a “some rights reserved” approach to copyright — which makes their creative, educational, and scientific content instantly more compatible with the full potential of the internet. The combination of our tools and our users is a vast and growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law. We’ve worked with copyright experts around the world to make sure our licenses are legally solidglobally applicable, andresponsive to our users’ needs.

Retrieved on 25 February 2013 and quoted from "About - Creative Commons",, licensed under a Creative Common Attribution License CC BY.


Why use Creative Commons?

Why Use Creative Commons?

Using media or content from Creative Commons allows you to improve your work without paying licensing fees or waiting for permission to use works.

  • You can locate images to add to your assignments or web pages.
  • You can find video clips to use as part of a larger video work.
  • You can locate music to use as a soundtrack.
  • If you license your work under a Creative Commons license, you are contributing to and sharing with a community of creatives. You will be contributing for the common good.

Get your own Creative Commons License

Click here to get a CC license for work you have created.


Creative Commons Explained

Academic Honesty


Academic Honesty

  • Plagiarism
  • Copyright
  • Fair Use
  • Creative Commons

CC Search

Looking for a song, video, picture to use in your own work that is cover by Creative Commons? 


Use these sites to search for sound tracks and audio clips for use in your presentations and videos


CC Affiliate Network

Screenshot from "CC Affiliate Network - Creative Commons", 25 February 2013, licensed under a CC BY license.



Some guide content used with permission from Trinity Grammar School


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