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Copyright for Faculty

Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons resources for NOVA faculty and instructors.

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What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping creators share their works for use and adaptation by others. Creative Commons licenses are free legal tools creators can use to indicate how people may use a particular work. 

Find CC licensed works

License Symbols

Creative Commons licenses help creators retain copyright while defining the terms on which others may use their work.
Diagram listing Creative Commons Licenses from Most Open to Least Open. In order, they are: CC0, CC-BY, CC-BY-SA, CC-BY-ND, CC-BY-NC, CC-BY-NC-SA, and CC-BY-NC-ND.

Content created by Creative Commons, originally published at, under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Choosing a CC License

Attribution Statements