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These are some of the most commonly asked questions:
- Can CC give legal advice about its licenses, or help with CC license enforcement?
- Can CC give me permission to use a work I found that is under a CC license?
- How do I properly attribute a work offered under a CC license?
- Does what I want to do violate the NonCommercial clause of the licenses?
- Does my use constitute an adaptation?
- What can I do if there are no CC licenses ported to my jurisdiction (country)?
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As a nonprofit entity, the integrity of CC’s financial information is paramount. We have adopted Codes of Conduct that prohibit financial impropriety and protect whistle blowers who bring such irregularities to our attention.
If you are aware of any conduct prohibited by law or by our policies, you are encouraged to make a complaint, anonymously if you wish, to the members of the company’s Audit Committee. The email address for such complaints is [email protected] which will forward your message automatically to the members of the Audit Committee. The Committee members are identified on our Board page. You may also submit a complaint by post or fax to the attention of “Audit Committee” at our Mountain View address.
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