Choosing a Licence

There are six Creative Commons Licences to choose from when licensing your work.

Creative Commons provides tools for you to grant copyright permissions to your creative work. A number of different licences are available. 

To meet HEFCE and RCUK requirements you should choose either the CC BY or CC BY-NC licence.  Applying any of the licences ensures that the author must always be credited.

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CC BY Attribution

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The most permissive CC Licence (apart from the CC0 Public Domain dedication).

This CC Licence allows allows others to distribute, remix, tweak and build upon your work - even commercially- provided they credit you for the original creation and clearly indicate that changes were made to your work.

CC BY-NC Attribution-NonCommercial

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This CC licence is similar to CC BY, but others can't distribute, remix, tweak and build upon your work for commercial purposes. New works must credit the author and be non-commercial.
CC BY-SA Attribution-ShareAlike

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This licence is similar to CC BY, but others must license new works under identical terms so will carry the same licence. New works must credit the author and will allow commercial use.
CC BY-NC-SA Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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This licence allows others to distribute, remix, tweak and build upon your work non-commercially. New works must credit the author and be licensed under identical terms so will carry the same licence.
CC BY-ND Attribution-NoDerivatives

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This licence allows others to redistribute, for commercial and non-commercial purposes, provided it is unchanged and the author is credited.
CC BY-NC-ND Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

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This is the most restrictive of the licences.  It allows others to redistribute, but not for commercial purposes. The work must be unchanged and the author must be credited.

Adapted from the Creative Commons Licence Pages at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ made available under a CC BY 4.0 licence and the OAPEN-UK Guide to Creative Commons for Humanities and Social Science Monograph Authors by JISC Collections at http://oapen-uk.jiscebooks.org/ccguide/, available under a CC BY 3.0 unported licence. 

How Do I Choose My Licence?

Please consider funder requirements. SHERPA/JULIET lists the funder requirements for self-archiving, including licences.

Creative Commons provide a range of useful information and resources to help licensors make an informed decision about sharing their work. The Considerations for Licensors section of the Creative Commons Wiki is a good starting point, and provides answers to a range of Frequently Asked Questions. 

The Choose A Licence tool will help you make the right choice by guiding you through a number of options about the potential use of your work.