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Fig. 1. Creative Commons Video thanks to CreativeCommons.org.nz

It’s about time I understood what each of these mean. I am yet to read blurb that makes it clear to my soft brain, so if you have got your head around it and can explain each in ten words of two of fewer syllables please try.

Attribution – Do anything you like, bugger it about, commercialise, just acknowledge my authorship, then attach whatever CC license you like to it.


 Fig. 3. CC Attribution

Then additional rules, or licence elements.

Attribution, Non Commercial CC CreativeCommons.org.nz

Attribtuion, Non Commerical – so, help yourself, but acknowledge this as mine and don’t use it for any commercial purpose only I can. DO, make T-shirts, but don’t sell them.

Fig. 5. Attribution, no derivates. CC CreativeCommons.org.nz

– don’t bugger it about and acknowledge my authorship, that’s all. YOu’ll need my permission before you make any changed to it.

Fig.6. Attribution, share-alike CC CreativeCommons.org.nz

– i.e. share, but do so under the SAME attribution rule. So, acknowledge me whatever you do with it.

From OpenLearn: 


This means that you must meet the following three requirements to use the materials:

  • Your use is ‘non-commercial’.
  • You always cite The Open University and retain the name of any original authors.
  • You ‘share-alike’, that is, make any original or derivative works available under the same terms as our licence to you. Derivative works must be redeposited in the OpenLearn LabSpace. 

We grant you the right to make use of the materials as they are or in modified form. You may translate, modify, print, network, reformat or change the materials in any way providing that you meet the terms of the licence. Unit materials in which we do not own copyright, but which we have licensed for use from other rights holders, are identified in the acknowledgements of every study unit and in the article information of other OpenLearn content. These extracts may be used freely as part of your use of the website but we are unable to grant the right to modify them or to use them as stand-alone items. The surrounding OpenLearn content may be modified, however, and the extract retained for use within the modified version.

Attribution, non comercial, share-alike – i.e. share, mash-up, mess-up and do as you want with it, just acknowledge me and don’t do anything commercial with it.

Attribution, non commercial, no derivatives – use as is, no buggering about and you must acknowledge my authorship.

You tell teenagers this and do they give a monkey’s if they can stream a movie for free???

Atrribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works

ie. share, attribute, but don’t do anything to it – no mashups, annotations or layers.

Which is what they want you to do with TED talks.

  • Attribution (BY): You must explicitly reference TED as the original source of the materials, and TED’s logos within the videos and visuals as well as those of the TED Talks sponsors remain untouched and unedited.
  • NonCommercial (NC): You can’t use TED Talks (or any parts of them) for commercial purposes. If you are a company wishing to create a TED branded content offering, you will require a Distribution Partner License Agreement with TED. Please contact Deron Triff, Director of Content Distribution, to explore the opportunity.
  • NonDerivative (ND): You cannot alter the videos in any way. This means you cannot edit, remix, cut, shorten, add overlays to them, or, well, alter them in any way.
  • These conditions can be modified only by explicit permission of TED Conferences LLC. The complete text of the license can be seen on the Creative Commons (CC) license 

Or if this is getting too messy:

What are the Creative Commons Licences? by Kerilee Beasley

Each of the four main Creative Commons licences are described below
(descriptions sourced from http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons).



You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work – and derivative works based upon it – but only if they give you credit.



You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work – and derivative works based upon it – but for noncommercial purposes only.

Share Alike

Share Alike

You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.


No Derivatives

You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.

Screen Shot 2012-11-15 at 8.39.43 PMThe licenses may be used in conjunction with each other, for example:

This licence means you are allowed to redistribute, both commercially and non-commercially, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

CC Keribeasley.com


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