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Open Educational Resources (OER): Creative Commons Licenses

Types of Licenses

Read the full description on the Creative Commons website along with the legal code and apply to CC your original works.

CC BY

CC BY License

CC-Creative Commons
BY-Attribution

CC BY-NC

CC BY-NC License

CC-Creative Commons
BY-Attribution
NC-Non-Commercial

CC BY-NC-ND

CC BY-NC-ND License

CC-Creative Commons
BY-Attribution
NC-Non-Commercial
ND-No Derivatives

 

CC BY-NC-SA

CC BY-NC-SA License

CC-Creative Commons
BY-Attribution
NC-Non-Commercial
SA-Share Alike

 

CC BY-ND

CC BY-ND License

CC-Creative Commons
BY-Attribution
ND-No Derivatives

CC BY-SA

CC BY-SA License

CC-Creative Commons
BY-Attribution
SA-Share Alike

 

Source: IRSC Libraries

What can be freely used?

A product in the public domain can be shared without restriction. Works in the public domain include:

  • Most work produced by the United States Government, see the rules and exceptions here
  • Works that have an expired copyright (i.e. 70 years after the creator's death, although not true for all items)
  • Works created for the public domain (the creator gives others free reign to reuse or mix content using a Creative Commons license or puts it in the public domain)
  • An idea expressed in a work or a common fact
  • A very helpful FAQ page on what is and is not permitted in the classroom due to copyright concerns can be found on the University of Maryland University College Libraries' website. The United States Copyright Office's Reproductions of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians gives more concrete examples of what is and is not allowed under fair use of copyrighted materials in the classroom. You can read here that the spirit of fair use is achieved in the spontaneity of using materials.

Source: IRSC Libraries

5 Tenets of OER

Retain – the right to make, own, and control copies of the content

Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways 

Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself 

Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new 

Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others