Creative Commons: An overview/Attribution types
One of the requirements of copyright law is that content must be attributed unless prior permission from the copyright holder. Attribution is the act of giving credit to the original author. Often times many people copy work without attribution. Attribution can become very complex, because there are several ways to attribute, and when needed to attribute. When an original work is created and a user wants to re-use it and redistribute it freely, they must attribute. Attribution is not a very easy thing to do. The most simplistic way to attribute is to simply put the authors name. This can be different, depending on the type of work. "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country." -John F. Kennedy. In this quotation I attributed with a dash and the original spokesperson's name (in this case John F. Kennedy). If I wanted to I could've been more specific, par following the quotation's dash and citation of the spokesperson; I could change it to John F.Kennedy's Inaugural Address to be more specific. Alternatively I could've added on the title of John F.Kennedy as President, and could've combined it with the addon of the Inaugural Address. Furthermore I could've been specific to what country was he president of, or what year was this quote spoken, and could've combined all of those together. Also, you need to attribute, a copy of ones work, to the original author as well, as the source in which you got it from. In this case I would write "'Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country.'"'- Wikiquotes, citing John F.Kennedy. Again all the same decorations to the attribution can be added, as well as additional ones for the secondary source.