Skip to content

How to licence your thesis using Creative Commons

One of the main objectives of PhD thesis (dissertation) is to advance the subject by making a contribution. Traditionally theses have been licensed under the copyright where all rights are reserved. And I also did put “All rights reserved” on the cover page of my thesis when I first drafted it. But just today when I realised that I should replace it by a “Creative Commons” one which could enhance the contributions and the impacts of my thesis.

Therefore I adopted the CC BY-NC-ND licence.  Then others are free to copy, distribute and transmit the work with some conditions.

To do so, I inserted the artwork of the By-NC-ND licence and put the sentence ” This thesis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivs 3.0 Unported License.” with the link to Creative Commons site that explain the licence.

1. Choose a licence you will use for your thesis here

2. Download the button of the licence you here and save the image in the LaTeX script folder of your thesis. I named my image as cc-by-nc-nd.png

3. Put the following LaTeX code on the title page of your thesis

line 06: Place your licence file name. Mine is “cc-by-nc-nd.png”.
line 10: Place the URL link to your licence and its description.

LaTeX code:

%Insert Creative Commons Artwork
%Insert image file name below "cc-by-nc-nd.png"
%insert a link to the licence and its description below
\scriptsize{This thesis is licensed under a \href{}{Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivs 3.0 Unported License.}}

4. Finally you will get the following on the title page of your thesis.

Back to LaTeX tips

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely helpful information specifically the last part 🙂 I care for such info a lot. I was seeking this particular information for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

    September 18, 2012
  2. Daѕ erlauben trocknen ոachdem Spülen mit lauwarmem
    Wasser. Ɗieses wird gebildet, ѡenn das ***comendo ausgebreitet/verbreiten hat ոach innnen umgebend Hautton.
    Ɗіe folgenden iist gerade Spitzen – nichts Methode/Weise mehr.

    February 13, 2014
  3. Selo #

    Hello, I was wondering if a thesis in IT has a product, for example a software program etc, is it self explanatory that the cc applies for that product if one has only stated the cc license in the thesis? Thank you.

    July 13, 2016

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: