Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation set up to allow copyright holders a means to share their work with the world, while still retaining certain rights. If the work has a CC licence, it can be used, subject to the conditions attached, without contacting the copyright holder for permission.

One of the licences available has a 'Non-commercial' (NC) clause; however it may not be clear how the copyright holder wishes their work to be used. For example would it be acceptable to use such an image in a free to access Blog which takes contributions from paid bloggers?

In Education, we should be fairly safe using works with an NC licence however if in doubt, find an alternative or contact the copyright owner for clarification.

These slides provide an overview of the various CC licences - use the arrows at the bottom to move through the resource.

Creative Commons Licensing

Quick Guide

creative commons logo


1 of 11

UHI logo

All efforts have been made to ensure materials created by the EDU comply with current accessibility guidelines (JISC: Support for learners with disabilities).

If further assistance is required with accessibility matters please contact the student support section in your academic partner UHI: Accessing learner support.


Unless otherwise stated all external links will open in a new tab/window

We welcome any comments on how to improve this unit. Please feel free to pass these on at any time.

If you have any difficulty viewing this resource please contact EDU ( with:

  • the name of the resource;
  • a description of the problem (please give as much detail as possible);
  • the section of the resource where the problem occurred;
  • your internet browser (you can check your browser version at:

UHI provides links to external sources of information and may refer to specific Web sites, products, processes or services within this resource. Such references are examples and are not endorsements and whilst every effort is taken to ensure the accuracy of information provided UHI is not responsible for any of the content or guidance. You are advised to exercise caution.

Download a copy of this resource in PDF format.

You can also print individual pages by printing directly from the browser.