What is Creative Commons Licensing?
Copyrighting and licensing your work is something that appeals to most authors. Creative Commons is a platform that allows Authors of creative works to choose from a set of various legal licenses that can be applied to your work to protect it from being stolen or wrongfully used, and to ensure you get the credit for the work that you deserve. A unique feature of Creative Commonsa licenses is the fact that you can apply a license in a way that allows your creative works to be used by others, just as you may use the CC licensed work of another when creating your iBook. To review the available licenses, visit
How to License your iBook with Creative Commons
Whether or not you want your work or iBook to be available for free public use and modification, you can use a CC license to protect your work and let others know who to attribute it to. The steps below outline how to license your work with Creative Commons.
1. Review the various different ways to license your work, and depending on your preferences, pick the type of license you want to add based on those criteria. Determine whether you want others to be able to
- Share your work
- Build upon your work
- Mandatorily use the same sharing terms you use to license your work
- Use your work or their modified version for commercial use
A list of Creative Commons license options and descriptions can be found at (http://creativecommons.org/about/license/)
2. Next, use the Creative Commons license choose feature (http://creativecommons.org/choose/) to help you generate the appropriate text and icon to include in your document. This will attribute the work to you correctly and copyright your work.
If you are using Creative Commons to license an iBook, it is important to note that an iBook is NOT a webpage when using this tool. Therefore, you will not need to use html code. iBooks are not innately online, so the license is inserted into your text in a different way. MAKE SURE that you use the option for aLicense Marka that indicates an aofflinea work.
Generating a Copyright Text Mark with the Creative Commons Choose Tool (http://creativecommons.org/choose/):
3. Copy and paste the given text to somewhere appropriate in your iBook (near the file or in an appendix), and download the appropriate graphic of the specific type of license you chose to use from the link above it (the link that says aDownloadable license graphicsa). Add the graphic to your work as well, somewhere near the text.
NOTE a if you decide to follow a route of links from the page with the descriptions of the licenses (http://creativecommons.org/about/license/), look on the linked webpages for what to do with OFFLINE WORK:
1. From the link labeled as aadd this text to your work,a add text that explains your license choice into your iBook
2. From the downloads link provided (http://creativecommons.org/about/downloads/), download the graphic matching the specific type of license you chose to use, and add that to your work as well.