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Open Educational Resources (OER): Creative Commmons

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Creative Common Licensing

                                                   

Open educational resources are a licensed resource that allows creators to freely share their work under licenses with others on flexible terms. These licenses are called Creative Common (CC) licenses.CC Licenses are a way of legally allowing others to use your material but with certain conditions attached  There are several different types of CC licenses with different permissions associated.   Most of the licenses allow  re-use for non commercial purposes with some not allowing changes such as re-mixing or adaptation.

It is important with open education resources that you check the CC licenses before using the material.

License Elements

Every CC licence is based around a combination of four 'optional' licence elements allowing the creator to select how they want others to use their work.  CC material can be used by licencees in any work they like providing they adhere to the specific licence conditions.

Each element has its own icon and abbreviation, making them easy to identify.                                                                            

      

                

         

(Creative Commons Australia, 2009)

CC License Compatibility Chart

Searching for Creative Commons Content

Using the website Creative Commons Search offers a convenient way to search for content provided by independent organisations. You can limit to the type of resource you are searching for example YouTube or Google Images. Be aware that the results displayed may not always be under a CC license. You should always verify the CC license before using the content.

Types of CC Licenses

The six licences below are the ones you are most likely to see. They are a mix and match of the licence elements. The table below summarises the conditions attached to each licence standard. It is recommended that you read the full licence before using it.

                                            

 ATTRIBUTION LICENCE (BY)

 Types of use

  • Commercial and non commercial.

  What others can do

  • Copy
  • Adapt or modify
  • Distribute (publish, display, publicly perform or communicate) to others
  • Licence to others

 

ATTRIBUTION - NONCOMMERCIAL (BY-NC)

Types of use

  • Non-commercial

What others can do

  • Copy
  • Adapt or modify
  • Distribute
  • Licence to others

ATTRIBUTION - NO DERIVATIVE WORKS        (BY-ND)

Types of use

  • Commercial and Noncommercial

What others can do

  • Copy
  • Distribute verbatim copies only
  • Licence to others

 

ATTRIBUTION - SHARE ALIKE (BY-SA)

Types of use

  • Commercial and noncommercial

What others can do

  • Copy
  • Adapt or modify
  • Distribute
  • Licence to others on the same terms as the original work

ATTRIBUTION - NON COMMERCIAL-SHARE ALIKE (BY-NC-SA)

Types of use

  • Noncommercial only

What others can do

  • Copy
  • Adapt or modify
  • Distribute
  • Licence to others on the same terms as the original work

 

ATTRIBUTION - NONCOMMERCIAL-NO DERIVATIVE WORKS (BY-NC-ND)

Types of use

  • Noncommercial only

What others can do

  • Copy
  • Distribute verbatim copies only
  • Licence to others

 

 

 

 

 

 

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