Licensing Portal for Educators Home

Taking a License

When you’ve made your choices, you’ll get the appropriate license expressed in three ways:

1. Commons Deed. A simple, plain-language summary of the license, complete with the relevant icons.
2. Legal Code. The fine print that you need to be sure the license will stand up in court.
3. Digital Code. A machine-readable translation of the license that helps search engines and other applications identify your work by its terms of use.

Using a License

You should then include a Creative Commons “Some Rights Reserved” button on your site, near your work. This button will link back to the Commons Deed, so that the world can be notified of the license terms.

You can add a CC license to any website you control with the following instructions.

1-chooselicense.gif Step one: Choose a license

If you already have your own website and you'd like to put others on notice that they can use and share your works, start by choosing a license for your work.

Choose a license

2-copycode.gif Step two: Copy the code

On the "Mark your content" page of the license process, copy the code provided by highlighting it with your mouse and hitting ctrl-c (command-c on a Mac).

3-pastecode.gif Step three: Paste code into your site

The specifics of the last step will depend on how you edit your website. Most desktop website tools like Dreamweaver, Frontpage, or GoLive offer a "code view" that lets you see the code that makes up your page. Near the end of the page where you are hosting your work, before you see </body></html>, paste in the code copied in the previous step by clicking the page and hitting ctrl-v (command-v on a Mac).