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Creative Commons

Creative Commons Licenses are built with a 3-layer design: a legal code, a commons deed, and a machine readable version. There are four elements to CC-Licenses that when combined make up six different licenses. These licenses give the users additional rights for CC-licensed works that range in their restrictions. The least restrictive license is CC-BY which only requires that use attributes the source.  To learn more about attribution, visit the Attribution Builder in the left column. To learn more about the Creative Commons licenses, visit

Creative Commons Licenses By the Numbers Infographic Transcript