Creators and owners who apply CC licenses to their material can download and apply those buttons to communicate to users the permissions granted in advance.When the material is offered online, the buttons should usually link out to the human-readable license deeds (which, in turn, link to the license itself).
CC Search is one tool developed by CC to help the public discover works offered under Creative Commons licenses on the internet via CC-aware search engines and repositories.The CC buttons are a shorthand way to convey the basic permissions associated with material offered under CC licenses.CC's buttons, name, and corporate logo (the “CC” in a circle) are trademarks of Creative Commons.You cannot use them in ways not permitted by our policies unless you first receive express, written permission.Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools.
Our legal tools help those who want to encourage reuse of their works by offering them for use under generous, standardized terms; those who want to make creative uses of works; and those who want to benefit from this symbiosis.
Those who want to make their work available to the public for limited kinds of uses while preserving their copyright may want to consider using CC licenses.
Others who want to reserve all of their rights under copyright law should not use CC licenses.
This means, for example, that you cannot (without our permission) print your own buttons and t-shirts using CC logos, although you can purchase them in CC’s store.
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