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Research Guide for Prison Literacy

CC Licenses & Designations

These are the six available Creative Commons licenses which are combinations of the four elements above. See "About CC Licenses". In addition, there are two additional designations.

ONLY those highlighted in yellow are permitted by Wikimedia Commons for use in Wikipedia. Wikimedia forbids use of Non-Commercial or No-Derivatives licenses.

CC BY License    Attribution CC-BY

CC BY SA license   Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA

CC BY ND license     Attribution-NoDerivs CC BY-ND

CC BY NC License     Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC

CC BY NC SA License     Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA

BY NC ND License     Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND

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CC0 (No Rights Reserved) is a Public Domain Dedication offered by the Creative Commons for creators who opt out of copyright protection (though this opt-out may not apply to every jurisdiction).

CCO public domain creative commons


Public Domain Mark (No Known Copyright) allows institutions to communicate when a work is no longer under copyright and therefore can be freely used by others.

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License Spectrum

Wikimedia only permits the use of images with the Most Open licenses on this graphic - the top three aligned with the green bar.

spectrum of most open to least open licenses

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Activity: Can we use this image?


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  • You may also be interested in where they are located and what organization has these items.


  • Could we use these images in Wikimedia Commons / Wikipedia?
  • Why or why not?

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Wikimedia Commons

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Japanese internment

Merced assembly center