How Creative Commons Affects Mom Bloggers

Creative Commons (CC) offers six levels of protections to copyright owners. If you ever display the copyrighted work of others on your blog, you need to ensure that each author allows this manner of re-publication. Additionally, if you want to encourage others to use or build upon your own work, you may want to apply a Creative Commons license to your own blog.

The six levels of CC licenses are:

  • Attribution: You can use or alter the works in any commercial or noncommercial manner as long as you give credit to the copyright owner.

  • Attribution-ShareAlike: You can use or alter the works in any commercial or noncommercial manner as long as you give the author credit and allow your own work that uses their material to be licensed under the same criteria.

  • Attribution-NoDerivs: You can use the works in any commercial or noncommercial manner as long as you do not change the author’s work and you give credit to the copyright owner.

  • Attribution-NonCommercial: You can use or alter the works in only noncommercial circumstances as long as you give credit to the copyright owner.

  • Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: You can use or alter the works in only noncommercial circumstances as long as you give credit to the copyright owner and allow your own work that uses their material to be licensed under the same criteria.

  • Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: You can use the works in only noncommercial circumstances as long as you do not change the author’s work and that you give credit to the copyright owner.

For more information on complying with Creative Commons licenses or using a CC license on your own work, go to CreativeCommons.org.

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