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Copyright and Permissions: Creative Commons

Welcome! This guide provides information and resources on copyright law in Lebanon and internationally. The guide emphasizes on how copyright law relates to academic activities such as research, teaching, and publishing.

Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization devoted to providing public copyright licensing allowing copyright holders to make their work available for others to use, share, change or build upon legally.

Creative Commons Own Fact sheets

Creative Commons Platforms

Creators can publish their work on a creative commons platform:

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world.

Europeana: Think Culture - A cultural repository. It includes more than 15 million items (images, text, audio,and video) from 1,500 European institutions

Flickr - Online photo management and sharing application.

Internet Archive: A digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

Jamendo Music a free and legal music website that offers thousands of completely free MP3 tracks to download or stream.

PLOS is a nonprofit Open Access publisher, innovator and advocacy organization with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. 

Free Music Archive (FMA) is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU

Vimeo a video-sharing website in which users can upload, share and view videos.

YouTube is a free video sharing website that lets people upload, view, and share videos.

Wikimedia Commons a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips)

Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free encyclopedia that is based on a model of openly editable content.

Creative Commons Licenses

The CC licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators. There are six different Creative Commons licenses, each with varying levels of freedom and conditions for use of various material. Watch Video


How do I license my work?

Please go to CC License chooser page and use the license creation tool to select the attributes you want for your license. It will automatically generate the CC license icon and the notice based on your preference.

Copy the CC license icon and the notice and paste them into your work. Or insert this HTML code into your webpage so that your work is clearly marked. 

There are four conditions that could be added to a CC license:

  BY Attribution 

  NC Non-Commercial

  ND No Derivatives 

 SA  Share Alike