Are there alternative works you can use?

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Are there alternative works you can use?

It’s very possible that you may end up looking for alternatives, not only to a work you intended to use, but alternatives to what copyright or the fair use exemption allows. One of the best places to start is Creative Commons. CC Licenses are a way for copyright holders to declare upfront what kind of use they do and don’t allow with their works. 
 

These licenses come in six varieties, from the most open to the most restrictive. 

 

License Abbreviation Symbol What does the license allow?
Attribution CC BY
Distribute, remix, build upon a work, even commercially, as long as credit to the author-creator is included. 
Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA
Remix and build upon a work, even commercially, as long as credit to the author-creator is included and the same license is used on the new work.

Attribution- NoDerivs

CC BY-ND
Distribute a work, even commercially, as long as credit to the author-creator is included and the work is unchanged.
Attribution- NonCommercial CC BY-NC
Remix and building upon a work, as long as credit to the author-creator is included and the use is noncommercial.
Attribution- NonCommercial- ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA
Remix and building upon a work, as long as credit to the author-creator is included, the use is noncommercial and the same license is used on the new work.
Attribution- NonCommercial- NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND
Distribute and share works, as long as credit to author-creator is included, the work is unchanged, and the use is noncommercial.

 

To find works available under these licenses, Search the Commons, or use advance search filters on Flickr, Google Search, or other sites that track usage rights.

 

Creative Commons is also important to keep in mind as you share your work. If you are interested in using a CC license, the License Chooser helps you determine the best license for works you created.

 

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