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Open Educational Resources: Creative Commons Licensing

This guide is designed to assist faculty in the exploration, identification, evaluation, selection, and adoption of Open Educational Resources

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.

 

Creative Commons & Copyright - Video - Get Creative!

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

Tips: Creative Commons Compatibility

For Authors: CC License Chooser

For Authors: Open Attribution Builder

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

Tips and examples from Creative Commons.

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


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