How-To Cite Creative Commons

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Whether you work for a church, ministry, blog, or business that uses images, you have run into the Creative Commons licenses. You may never have read them before and do not know what you should or should not be doing or you may be very affluent in what you can and cannot do, but that does not take away from how much it can impact you in the future. To not do so will leave you open for trouble in the future. DO NOT let ignorance be your only excuse.

Here are three facts that you seem astonishing and you should know:

  • There are 227+ million photos under the Creative Commons license, but more than 99% of them are not attributed properly!
  • Attribution means you can do nearly anything to it, but you still must cite the original work to the creator. Attribution-noncommerical-noderivs is the most restrictive and only allows you to download the original work while crediting the original creator.
  • Only 30% of photos under the Creative Commons license can be used commercially.

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Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith is a Christian first, husband and father next, and then a blogger at, writer, and social media realist. He is currently working at Youth for Christ/USA as the Social Media Specialist and attending Denver Seminary for his Master's of Counseling in Mental Health. His bachelor’s degree is in Computer Engineering and Master's in Family Ministry. For those that are looking to create a successful Social Media and Blogging Strategy for their church, ministry, or blog, he would love help you make the most of your work through the Social Media and Blogging Consultation.


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