I want to redistribute a work licensed under CC BY-ND 3.0.
When I release my work under a CC license in one format (e.g., .pdf), can I restrict licensees from changing it to or using it in other formats?
No. CC licenses grant permission to use the licensed material in any media or format regardless of the format in which it has been made available. This is true even if you have applied a NoDerivatives license to your work. Once a CC license is applied to a work in one format or medium, a licensee may use the same work in any other format or medium without violating the licensor’s copyright.
Now I wonder how much freedom I have in changing the format. Is it allowed to make one file into several (and vice versa)?
If the work is published as a collection of HTML files, may I concatenate these HTML files and publish them as a single PDF file?
If the work is published as a single PDF file, may I publish it separated into several HTML files (e.g., a HTML file per PDF page or per chapter)?
- If that’s allowed, may I also do this if the format does not change? For example, a single PDF into multiple PDFs, or multiple HTML files into a single HTML file?