# How do I generate Creative Commons license information?

I need to include some licensing information on the back cover of a free CC-licensed book. Instead of frankly mentioning the license ("This work is licensed under CC-by-nc-sa, Google knows more"), I'd like to have complete information about the rights it gives, i.e. comparable to what the license description says on their site, both images and text. I imagined the following to be in the code for that:

\usepackage{creativecommons}
...
...
% images only


Does anyone know of a package that makes such licensing notices easier?

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For typesetting the Creative Commons licence logos you could use the cclicenses package.

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I wonder how I missed that one... :-/ Thanks for the hint, too bad it's a bit outdated... – Nikolai Prokoschenko Aug 15 '10 at 0:09
Most of the icons by this package look good enough, with the exception of the \ccnc (non-commercial) icon. Apparently that thing is rendered by putting a rotated backslash over an encircled '\$'. When using only the default Computer Modern font however, that backslash is too short to cover the entire circle. – Giel Aug 15 '10 at 11:14
@Giel @rassie the ccicons package looks a lot better than these icons do. See my answer. – Seamus Jan 11 '11 at 22:59

The ccicons package contains much prettier icons than those provided by cclisences

I don't think there is a package that defines macros for inserting CC license text into TeX documents, but it would be easy enough to make one.

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Just curious (and lazy): are these as good as grabbing the PDF from the creative commons website, as suggested by Lennart? – Will Robertson Jan 12 '11 at 1:01
They look pretty darn close to the real deal. I expect they are just the SVGs turned into a font... – Seamus Jan 12 '11 at 11:26

I wrote a package for this :) See also Creative Commons Licence on SX.

The package is called doclicense. Check out the following mini example:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[
type={CC},
modifier={by-nc-sa},
version={3.0},
\begin{document}
\end{document}


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Unfortunately this mini example does not compile under MiKTeX 2.9 on windows7 64bits (doclicense packaged 2015-08-04). It complains that doclicense.sty is not found. Also the miktex automatic detection of missing packages fails to notice this package is not installed. I installed it from the Miktex package manager, but nothing changes. – SiliconValley Aug 16 '15 at 13:21
@SiliconValley: There was a problem with this package in TeX Live/MacTeX but it should be fixed now. Please open an issue if not. – ypid Sep 11 '15 at 11:09
@ypid I'm making a print-only document and don't need the hyperlinking, and I don't see an easy way to remove it. How can I do that? – Azor-Ahai Dec 24 '15 at 2:18
@Azor-Ahai I have never tried that and I don’t really think that it makes sense to support this. The hyperrefs will not be visible when printing. If you really want to do it you can easily achieve this by redefining the \href macro (in a way that it just expands to the link text). You could also pdf-print the document (using CUPS for example) which will also remove the hyperlinks. – ypid Dec 24 '15 at 14:31