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What is a Creative Commons license?

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2014  |  291 Views

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Creative Commons licenses (CC) provide a "simple, standardized way to give the pubic permission to share and use your creative work - on conditions of your choice." The CC license is not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.


You can specify conditions under which others can copy, distribute, and modify your work provided they give you credit. When you submit your e-thesis or e-dissertation, you have the option to apply a Creative Commons license that will:

  • Allow or bar commercial uses of your work
  • Allow or bar modifications of your work

The Creative Commons license is entirely optional.

If you choose to attach one to your e-thesis or e-dissertation, you are advised to choose:

No to commercial use, and No to modifications.

See an example license.  Learn more about Creative Commons at Creative Commons FAQ

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