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Open Educational Resources: Creative Commons Licensing

This guide is designed as a tool kit for engaging with various aspects of OERs - from finding to distributing open educational materials.
This is a guide to CC Licensing.  Please consult the Copyright and Fair-Use guide for additional information.

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Creative Commons Licensing:

Creative Commons licensing is at the heart of the OER movement. CC allows creators to specify more flexible forms of copyright that allows "others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work."

Look for copyright information (often at the bottom of webpages). Creative Commons licensed material sometimes display clickable icons that indicate the specifics of licensing. Examples:

Creative Commons License  Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License  Creative Commons License

See the Creative Commons website for more info and to acquire license icons.

What can I do with Creative Commons?

Apply a Creative Commons License to make your work re-usable on your terms. The chart below explains the different Creative Commons licenses and what the licenses allow others to do with your work.