Ancestral Notes

My Family History blog

How Easy Is That? Getting My License


I have been putting off getting a Creative Commons license to protect my blog content because I didn’t know how to go about it, but it was just a matter of filling in a form and choosing which license I needed and copying and pasting HTML code into a box!

I want to share the information on my blog with fellow researchers and anyone who is just curious, but I don’t want to have it used to promote a company or product, so I decided on this license option:

Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported.

You are free:

to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work

Under the following conditions:

  • AttributionYou must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

    What does “Attribute this work” mean?
    The page you came from contained embedded licensing metadata, including how the creator wishes to be attributed for re-use. You can use the HTML here to cite the work. Doing so will also include metadata on your page so that others can find the original work as well.

  • NoncommercialYou may not use this work for commercial purposes.

  • No Derivative WorksYou may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

With the understanding that:

  • Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
  • Public Domain — Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.
  • Other Rights — In no way are any of the following rights affected by the license:
    • Your fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations;
    • The author’s moral rights;
    • Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights.
  • Notice — For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page.

As I have other persons’ work on my site (my mother’s poetry, guest posts, etc.), I felt that the best way to protect it was to use this Non-Derivative license because I don’t want to see my mother’s poetry set to music or altered in any way without my knowledge or permission. You may choose other less restricted options for your site here: Creative Commons Licenses. If I’d known how easy it was to get my license I would have gotten it a long time ago.

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One Response

  1. M. Diane Rogers says:

    Very useful post, Earline. I've been thinking about using a Creative Commons licence too – but a CC Canada one, in my case. Lots of good info at http://creativecommons.ca even if you're not Canadian.

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