Microsoft has teamed up with Creative Commons, a nonprofit, to provide a free tool that will let people attach a Creative Commons copyright license to Office documents.
Once installed, the license-selection software will appear as a menu option in the Microsoft Office application. This window allows people to set restrictions on use.
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