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Creative Commons Integration With Your Website

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                                                                   Creative Commons Integration
                                                                   With Your Website

From simple blogs to elaborate user-generated content sites,
there are easy ways to share website content by publishing it
under a Creative Commons license. This document provides
a basic overview of how you may integrate Creative Commons
licensing into your website.

License Content

Visit the Creative Commons license page and use our simple
license chooser to select a Creative Commons license that
indicates how others may use your creative content. Many
websites apply a default license to govern all the content on      Publish License
that site. For example, Creative Commons publishes all content
on its site under the Creative Commons Attribution license         Basic
( and displays this
at the bottom of every page.
                                                                   After reviewing the conditions and selecting a license, grab the
                                                                   basic HTML code that is produced and add it to your website. For
                                                                   example, users who choose the Creative Commons Attribution
                                                                   license receive the following code snippet:
Many wikis and remix sites use a single default license for         <a rel=”license”
the entire site so that all the content is cross-compatible.        href=””>
                                                                    <img alt=”Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License”
User-generated content sites like Flickr,, and              src=””/>
SlideShare give contributors the option of setting a default        </a>
content license, and allow the use of a different license for       This work is licensed under a <a rel=”license”
individual content items.                                           href=””>
                                                                    Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
                                                                    United States License</a>.

                                                                   The code will display an icon as well as a link to the full
                                                                   license deed hosted at the Creative Commons site. This is the
                                                                   appropriate way to mark your CC-licensed content.

                                                                   If you are using multiple licenses on your website, replace the license
                                                                   URLs with the appropriate variables that signal another license.

The CC Javascript Widget (
Jswidget) provides another lightweight method for integrating
license selection into web applications. The licensing widget is   RDFa allows building metadata into XHTML and other XML
used by TypePad as well as in WpLicense for Wordpress.             documents with attributes. It is a good way to exhibit semantic
                                                                   relationships for search engines. RDFa allows users to
                                                                   annotate human readable notices on individual assets that
                                                                   include the custom properties needed for attribution and other
                                                                   useful properties.
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Advanced                                                                morePermissions                           

XMP facilitates embedding metadata in files using a subset of RDF.      The CC+ initiative makes it possible for you to grant
Most notably, XMP supports embedding metadata in PDF and                users rights beyond the rights granted by a CC license.
other image formats, though it is designed to support nearly any file   Use rel=”cc:morePermissions” to denote links allowing
type. Further information for more advanced users can be found at       a user to do more than the CC public license permits,                              e.g. purchase commercial rights.

License-aware User Interface                                            Participate
Search                                      Please visit the Creative Commons Wiki for more
                                                                        information on this project and to participate in refining
Some sites facilitate search based on license properties, such as:      these documentation efforts. See the developer mailing list
                                                                        ( for information
 1. Any Creative Commons license.                                       on subscribing and list archives. Finally, help out by adding
 2. Creative Commons licenses that allow remix.                         your CC-licensed project to our Content Directories
 3. Creative Commons licenses that allow commercial use.                (

Examples of search engines with these capabilities built in can
be found at Creative Commons Search.

You can create a CC-portal on your site for browsing CC-licensed
content. This could be based upon tags, internal marking of
licensing, or any way you see fit to limit browsing. Good examples
are provided by Flickr ( and
Jamendo (

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