Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that created a set of simple, easy-to-understand copyright licenses.

Creative Commons licenses do two things:

  1. They allow creators to share their work easily
  2. They allow everyone to find work that is free to use without permission

As long as you obey the terms of the license attached to the work, you can use Creative Commons licensed material without fear of inadvertently infringing an author or creators copyright. You can learn more about Creative Commons licenses at

How to Find and Cite Creative Commons Licensed Works

It is easy to find Creative Commons licensed material through search engines:

For information on how to give credit to the creators of Creative Commons material, check out Creative Commons' guide to Best Practices for Attribution.

Adapted and used under a Creative Commons Attribution license from the University of Michigan Copyright Office

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