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Open Educational Resources (OER)

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons describes itself as:

A global nonprofit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools. Our legal tools help those who want to encourage reuse of their works by offering them for use under generous, standardized terms; those who want to make creative uses of works; and those who want to benefit from this symbiosis. Our vision is to help others realize the full potential of the Internet. CC has affiliates all over the world who help ensure our licenses work internationally and who raise awareness of our work.

Although Creative Commons is best known for its licenses, our work extends beyond just providing copyright licenses. CC offers other legal and technical tools that also facilitate sharing and discovery of creative works, such as CC0, a public domain dedication for rights holders who wish to put their work into the public domain before the expiration of copyright, and the Public Domain Mark, a tool for marking a work that is in the worldwide public domain. Creative Commons licenses and tools were designed specifically to work with the web, which makes content that is offered under their terms easy to sea
rch for, discover, and use.

Creative Commons Licensing

The Licenses

  

This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

This license is the most restrictive of the six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

Choosing a License

Use the Creative Commons License Chooser to add the CC license notice to your work or website.

 

"Creative Commons License Chooser" by Creative Commons is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Tips: Creative Commons Compatibility

For Authors: Open Attribution Builders

Use this tool from Open Washington to help you build attributions and cite open material you find and use.

Or, try this new Google add-on tool which helps you generate attributions from within Google Docs

Tips and examples from Creative Commons.

InfoGraphic: Public Domain vs. Open License vs. All Rights Reserved

Video: Building on the Past

Video: Creative Commons & Copyright

Video: Open Licensing

A video presentation from Open Oregon explaining what open licensing is and its relevance in the OER movement.

"Open Licensing" by Open Oregon is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License