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OER: Open Educational Resources: OER Licenses

Creative Commons

 

 

Many OERs are licensed through Creative Commons. Creative Commons (CC) licenses are explicit statements of how you allow others to use your work. This licensing makes it easier for others to know your intentions and facilitate the reuse of anything you plan to share. 

Additional Creative Commons Resources

Creative Commons Symbols

The Creative Commons system uses symbols, in part, to denote different types of Creative Commons licenses. Here is a list of the most commonly used CC symbols which correspond to the license types listed below. 

Creative Commons logo   CC – Creative Commons.

Creative Commons Attribution logo  BY – Attribution

Creative Commons Noncommercial license logo   NC – Noncommercial uses

Creative Commons No Derivatives license logo   ND – No derivative uses

Creative Commons Share Alike logo  SA – Share alike

Types of OER Licenses

Attribution
CC BY

This is the most permissive of CC licenses offered.  CC BY allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. 

Attribution-ShareAlike
CC BY-SA

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 identical terms.

Attribution-NoDerivs
CC BY-ND

This allows others to redistribute your work—commercially or non-commercially—as long as they credit you and do not alter your work.

Attribution-NonCommercial
CC BY-NC

This lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work for non-commercial purposes as long as they acknowledge you.

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
CC BY-NC-SA

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 identical terms.

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs
CC BY-NC-ND

This license is the most restrictive, allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you.  But they may not change your works or use them commercially.

Creative Commons public domain logo

Public Domain

This symbol means that the item is free of known copyright restrictions.  It is used for very old works whose copyright has expired.