It is important to understand how OER are licensed so that you use them appropriately and so you can create your own Creative Commons (CC) licenses. This page will go over the CC licenses and how to create your own license.
Creative Commons is the most widely adopted type of open licensing. While the owner retains full copyright, Creative Commons licenses allow the legal use and adaptation of materials while providing attribution to the original owner. It does not replace copyright but works alongside copyright.
Creative Commons licenses are a mix of 4 license types:
CC BY - You must provide attribution to the creator of the work.
CC BY NC (No Charge) - You must provide attribution and cannot charge money for the work. This is one of the most popular so publishers can't take it and charge for it.
CC BY SA (Share Alike) - You must provide attribution and have to use the same license when you share it.
CC BY ND (No Derivatives) - You must provide attribution and cannot make any changes to the work. This is not the best choice for educational purposes and does not count as open.
Below is a great introduction to open licensing and why it is important although we have fair use.
Type of material
Nature and adequacy of rights
Indicate rights not covered by the license.
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Below are some tools to help you create your own Creative Commons (CC) licenses.
Works in the public domain are not subject to copyright and can be freely used and edited.
There are four ways a work enters into the public domain:
You can learn more about the Public Domain and find content in the Public Domain at the links below.