Giving credit, or attribution, is an important part of respecting copyright.
This page will explain how to create a standard copyright credit when you are using openly licensed works and images.
What is an attribution? It is an acknowledgment of the work’s creator.
Why attribute? All CC licenses require users to provide an attribution, unless the creator of the work has waived their right to be credited or requested their name be removed.
Best practice is to assume everything is protected by copyright, unless otherwise informed. Do your research before using another person’s work.
Creative Commons attributions are somewhat flexible in terms of format, but there are specific pieces of information you need to include. For more detailed instructions, visit the Creative Commons Best Practices for Attribution.
Explore the source of the work to answer the following questions:
Find the following information about the work:
Note: You might need to explore the website where the work is hosted to find some of this information.
Now that you have the information you need, you can write your attribution. A good rule of thumb is to use the TASL Technique:
A typical attribution would look like this: “Title” by Author is licensed under CC License Type.
Note: Each element includes links to the relevant page: the title links to the source page, the author’s name links to their profile page, and the license type links to license page.
Here is an example of how to build an ideal attribution using the TASL technique.
You can choose to create attributions yourself using this method or you can use the Open Attribution Builder. The Builder will require you to input the same information but will create the final attribution for you.
A derivative work is new work that is the result of modifying original work. It requires additional information in the attribution.
An attribution for a derivative work would look like this: This work, “New Title” is a derivative of “Title” by Author and used under CC License Type. “New Title” is licensed under CC License Type by My Name.