I want to redistribute a work licensed under CC BY-ND 3.0.

The license summary says about ND (NoDerivatives):

If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

It says that "Merely changing the format never creates a derivative.".
But what about leaving parts (except for copyright notices) out? Does this count as "remix, transform, or build upon"?


  1. A book released under CC BY-ND 3.0 consists of an introduction (which contains the licensing information and a copyright notice) and three chapters.

  2. I want to distribute chapter 2 only, so I make a verbatim copy of it.

  3. I copy the licensing info and the copyright notice from the introduction.

  4. I create a PDF of it.

    Now this PDF only contains content exactly as written by the authors (so I didn’t change any words or added some myself), but it does not contain everything the authors wrote in the original work.

Is this allowed?


2 Answers 2


No. Any modifications you apply that aren't sanctioned by the owner are classed as derivative works. Your result still contains the author's material, true, but you've changed the way it's presented - it's like removing some code that's just a wrapper for a routine. You're changing the product, which creates a derivative work, which is disallowed.

tl;dr: No - you must distribute verbatim.


No, that is not allowed. You have transformed the work by removing parts. That is not different from transforming it by adding or changing parts.

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