Marking your work with a CC license
Best Practices for Marking Content with CC Licensing: Creators
As a creator using a CC license, it is important to properly note the license you have chosen so that others know what they can and can't do with your work. No matter what the context, CC licenses should be cited to enable their full potential as a legal tool.
Our license chooser is designed to make this process simple - answer a few questions and a formatted HTML code will be generated for you:
- Insert this HTML code into your webpage so that your work is clearly marked.
- This HTML code includes RDFa, a very important aspect of marking your work so that others can find it easily.
From there, here are three steps to marking perfection:
- The full URI (link) to the license. Example: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/.
- A visible notation (most commonly text) that states the license being used. Example: Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
- Optionally, the Creative Commons license icons, including the CC logo.
NOTE: Because each CC license represents a different set of permissions and restrictions, it is important to note the specific license used. Displaying only the CC icon, “Creative Commons”, or “Some Rights Reserved” is insufficient; always include the full URL.
In order for others to credit you for your work, it is preferable to provide an attribution name and URL. If your work is a derivative work using other CC-licensed material, be sure to look at our Marking for Users primer as well.
See Also: Tagging
Marking Specific Media
While remaining similar in intent, marking will vary depending on the medium. The following are some helpful tips on making sure your media is marked correctly as they will hopefully be shared beyond the originally hosted file.
Below are general examples for each medium, if a more technical explanation is your goal, please see Marking Works (technical):
For more advanced instructions, see the following pages:
Marking Specific Formats
- To mark a PDF or other XMP-supported file, save this template following these instructions.
- To mark a Microsoft Office word document, you can use the Microsoft Office add-ins for Office 2003/XP or Office 2007
- To add a Creative Commons license to your Blogger, Movable Type, and Typepad blog, see this guide.
- To mark a WordPress blog, see Adding a CC mark to a WordPress blog.
Marking on Specific Sites
[CC-enabled content directories] help you share your works with others while properly indicating the license they are under. Often, they will also make your content searchable for those looking for reusable/shareable works
Does your favorite community not have CC-licenses enabled? You can usually indicate that you are using CC somewhere in an info box, but contact them and let them know it is a feature you would like to see.
Here are a couple guides to help you CC license your material on the specific sites listed below:
- Publishing your licensed music to the Internet Archive
- Publishing your licensed music to Soundclick
- Posting your licensed images at Flickr
- Posting your licensed images at Buzznet
- Publishing your licensed video at the Internet Archive
- Publishing your licensed music to the Morpheus P2P network
- Adding a Creative Commons license to your blog (Blogger, Movable Type, and Typepad)