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Digital Attribution

Print Attribution

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Websites

Include the attribution either on the page where the symbol is displayed, or in About or Credits pages. Click to copy attribution

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Magazines

The attribution should be displayed either in the same article as the symbol, with the colophon, or at the back of the magazine.

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Video

Include the attribution either on the page where the symbol is displayed, or in About or Credits pages. Click to copy attribution

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Books

The attribution should be displayed either on the same page as the symbol, with the colophon, in the bibliography or Credits section.

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Apps

Include the attribution either on the page where the symbol is displayed, or in About or Credits pages. Click to copy attribution

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Posters

The attribution should be displayed either on the same page as the symbol, with the colophon, in the bibliography or Credits section.

Best practices for attribution

You can use CC-licensed materials as long as you follow the license conditions. One condition of all CC licenses is attribution. Note: If you want to learn how to mark your own material with a CC license, please go here.

A good rule of thumb is to use the acronym TASL, which stands for Title, Author, Source, License.

Title

What is the name of the material? If a title was provided for the material, include it. Sometimes a title is not provided; in that case, don't worry about it.

Author

Who owns the material? Name the author or authors of the material in question. Sometimes, the licensor may want you to give credit to some other entity, like a company or pseudonym. In rare cases, the licensor may not want to be attributed at all. In all of these cases, just do what they request.

Source

Where can I find it? Since you somehow accessed the material, you know where to find it. Provide the source of the material so others can, too. Since we live in the age of the Internet, this is usually a URL or hyperlink where the material resides.

License

How can I use it? You are obviously using the material for free thanks to the CC license, so make note of it. Don't just say the material is Creative Commons, because that says nothing about how the material can actually be used. Remember that there are six different CC licenses; which one is the material under?

Lastly, is there anything else I should know before I use it?

When you accessed the material originally did it come with any copyright notices; a notice that refers to the disclaimer of warranties; or a notice of previous modifications. Because that kind of legal mumbo jumbo is actually pretty important to potential users of the material. So best practice is to just retain all of that stuff by copying and pasting such notices into your attribution. Don't make it anymore complicated than it is -- just pass on any info you think is important.

These best practices are based on actual CC license requirements. Noting the title is a requirement of all CC licenses version 3.0 or earlier, optional for 4.0. Noting the author, source, license, and retaining any extra notices is a requirement of all CC licenses. See Devil in the details.

Devil in the details

If you have any doubts or questions, you can read the complete attribution requirements which are spelled out in detail in the legal code of every CC license.

Don't make it too complicated

The license tells you to be reasonable. For example, it may be reasonable to satisfy some or all of the conditions by retaining a copyright notice, or by providing a URI or hyperlink associated with the Licensed Material, if the copyright notice or webpage includes some or all of the required information.

There is no one right way; just make sure your attribution is reasonable and suited to the medium you're working with. That being said, you still have to include attribution requirements somehow, even if it's just a link to an About page that has that info.

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