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Remixing Creative Commons-licensed images

For a short period between 2008 and 2010, the Creative Commons Newsletter was available in PDF format.

This post merely illustrates how the contribution of others, by sharing their works under Creative Commons licenses, allowed the creation of some of the covers of said newsletter.

Can one combine differently licensed images under CC? Except for works licensed under BY-ND and the BY-NC-ND, other works can be combined. See Creative Commons FAQ.

What does one need to observe when combining CC licensed images?

  • Result being that derivative work can be licensed under any of the CC licenses (BY, BY-SA, BY-ND, BY-NC, BY-NC-SA, or BY-NC-ND)
  • BY work + BY work
  • BY work + own original work
  • Result being that derivative work can be licensed only under BY-SA (and cannot be licensed under any other CC license)
    • BY-SA work + BY work
    • BY-SA work + BY-SA work
    • BY-SA work + own original work
  • Result being that derivative work can be licensed, at the most, under BY-NC, i.e. derivative can be licensed under BY-NC, BY-NC-SA, or BY-NC-ND (but not under BY, BY-SA, or BY-ND)
    • BY-NC work + BY work
    • BY-NC work + BY-NC work
    • BY-NC work + own original work
  • Result being that derivative work can be licensed only under BY-NC-SA (and cannot be licensed under any other CC license)
    • BY-NC-SA work + BY work + BY-NC work
    • BY-NC-SA work + BY work
    • BY-NC-SA work + BY-NC work
    • BY-NC-SA work + BY-NC-SA work
    • BY-NC-SA work + BY work + BY-NC work + own original work
    • BY-NC-SA work + BY work + own original work
    • BY-NC-SA work + BY-NC work + own original work
    • BY-NC-SA work + own original work

    Note that BY-SA and BY-NC-SA cannot be combined to create a BY-NC-SA work, since the NC requirement under BY-NC-SA would violate the BY-SA license condition that the derivative work, derived from a BY-SA work, should be shared under the same license, i.e. under BY-SA.

    With that, I hope you find CC licensed works, such as in Flickr, useful to pursue your own creativity. Likewise, I hope that you share your works too, in addition to those already provided by others, so that others can harness their own creativity.


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