Creative Commons (CC) is by far the most widespread Open Content licensing model. Its popularity and widespread use mean CC can nowadays be considered de facto as the standard for Open Content licensing.
Images hosted in the Waterpedia images sharing platform is available under 6 different creative commons licenses depending on the source or according to the author's preference. Every image carries a respective license detail of that particular image and related attribution to its original source. Users are responsible for complying with the licensing terms in case of using the image outside Waterpedia images sharing platform.
A brief overview of all the 6 Creative Commons licenses are described below.
CC BY (Attribution)
This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your images, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
CC BY-SA (Attribution-ShareAlike)
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use.
CC BY-ND (Attribution-NoDerivs)
This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you. The CC BY-ND license does not permit adaptations of the work. To protect its integrity, only verbatim copies may be distributed and shared. The NoDerivatives restriction can lead to significant problems with the combination of different content, e.g. in remixing, sampling or joined publications. Apart from this, the license terms are the same as in the CC BY license described above.
CC BY-NC (Attribution-NonCommercial)
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike)
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)
This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.
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