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Creative commons materials are popular on the web, and people are using these materials for creating new websites, as there is no severe copyright restriction.

How does creative commons copyright allow reprint in books? For example, does it allow reprinting an entire article of Wikipedia in a book? How much is creative commons similar to public domain when reprinting the material in a book?

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That's a tricky question because the Creative Commons license allows a high degree of freedom. That means, there are lots of Creative Commons license flavors and you can check them better in their very page.

Basically, when you choose the Creative Commons license, you choose also -- among other things -- if you:

  • Allow or not people changing your work
  • Allow or not people selling and charging for your work

So, every work need to have its specific CC license checked because one CC may allow you to distribute and sell the book, other may allow you to change and sell the book, other may allow you only to read and share the book.

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