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Copyright Basics: Choosing an Attribution Type

This guide will help you learn more about copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons.

When Should I use Copyright vs. Creative Commons vs. Public Domain?

Copyright vs. Creative Commons vs. Public Domain

Creative Commons Licenses do not replace copyright, they work alongside copyright to allow the owner to authorize more usage of products and to choose the protection that suits their needs.

  • When limitations and exceptions of copyright (Fair Use) apply to works, Creative Commons licenses do not apply.

Creative Commons licenses cannot be assigned to works in the public domain.