Assign a CC License to your work

What is a Creative Commons (CC) License?

Creative Commons (CC) is a global nonprofit organization that provides scholars with free legal tools, including CC Licenses, to facilitate sharing, discovery and reuse of creative works and knowledge without the hindrances of traditional copyright laws. This page is intended to help you obtain a CC License. To find out more about the other services that CC provides, visit their website at https://creativecommons.org/.

The Creative Commons licenses "offer creators a spectrum of choices between retaining all rights and relinquishing all rights (public domain), an approach we call ‘Some Rights Reserved’.”

How to Determine Which CC License to Use

There are six different Creative Commons licenses to choose from. All CC licenses share one condition — attribution to the original creator and source -- but beyond that, the licenses is a combination of the following, according to the wishes of the copyright owner:

  • NoDerivs - Whether the copyright owner wants to allow new users to modify (i.e., remix, tweak and build upon) the original work. A NoDerivs indicates that the creator allows use of the work as long as it is unchanged and in whole.
  • NonCommercial - Whether the copyright owner wants to allow others to use the original work for commercial purposes. A NonCommercial indicates that the creator only allows non-commercial use of their work.
  • ShareAlike - Whether the copyright owner wants to require that others who modify the original work make the resulting new work accessible in the same manner as the original. A ShareAlike indicates that the creator only allows use under identical licensing terms.

A full explanation of each CC License, along with the license deed and legal code is provided on the Creative Commons website. A visual method of selecting your CC license, which also provides the code to embed a CC icon to your webpage, is available at https://creativecommons.org/choose/.

License TypeCredit meDo Not Modify My WorkNot-for-profit Use OnlyUse with Identical License
Attribution
(CC BY)
YES

Attribution-NoDerivs

(CC BY-ND)
YES YES

Attribution-NonCommercial

(CC BY-NC)
YES YES

Attribution-ShareAlike

(CC BY-SA)

YES YES

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

(CC BY-NC-SA)

YES YES YES

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs

(CC BY-NC-ND)

YES YES YES
Steps to Licensing Your Repository submission via Creative Commons
  1. Decide what type of Creative Commons (CC) license you wish to associate with your work. If you aren't sure, you may want to consult the CC guide "Choose a License" which reviews the types of licenses available and what your options are.
  2. Decided on a license? Then you are ready to generate the license (both the human readable version and the machine readable one) to attach to your work. There are a couple of different options for generating a CC license
    1. Use the CC License Add-in for Microsoft Office (NOTE: You will need to download and install this on your computer so that your copy of Word, PowerPoint, or other Office program sees the CC License plug in when it launches).
    2. Generate the license on the Creative Commons website and then use copy and paste to insert the legal code into your document or file.
  3. Save your file and prepare to submit it to the Texas A&M Digital Repository.
  4. Start a new submission to the Digital Repository. Step six of the 'item Submission' process presents the option to indicate that a Creative Commons license is attached to your work.

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