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Open Educational Resources (OER): Creative Commons License

This libguide is designed to help students, faculty, and staff learn about and use Open Educational (OER) and Open Access resurces as well as Creative Commons and Copyright.

Creative Commons

What is Creative Commons?

"Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that works to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) available on "the commons" -the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, reporposing , and remixing." Adapted from Creative Commons handout.

Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use legal tools that give everyone from individuals "user generated content" creators to major companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to pre-clear usage rights to creative work thei own to copyright CC licenses let people easily change their rights.

 

Attribution
CC BY

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.

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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 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.

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Attribution-NoDerivs
CC BY-ND

This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

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Attribution-NonCommercial
CC BY-NC

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.

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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 the identical terms.

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Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs
CC BY-NC-ND

This license is the most restrictive of our 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.

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We also provide tools that work in the “all rights granted” space of the public domain. Our CC0 tool allows licensors to waive all rights and place a work in the public domain, and our Public Domain Mark allows any web user to “mark” a work as being in the public domain.

 

Types of Licenses

 

  
             Types of Licenses

Attribution iconAttribution means:
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.

Noncommercial iconNoncommercial means:
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,

No Derivative Works iconNo Derivative Works means:
This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you

Share Alike iconShare Alike means:
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 is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

 

Adapted from http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ please visit for additional Information

Copyright Basics

What is copyright?

For more resources on copyright, check our copyright research guide

Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.

  • Copyright calculator: "Want to know if a specific work is in the public domain? (Or, if it's not, when it will be?) Give the copyright term calculator a spin. You'll need to provide some information about the work — for example, whether it's published or unpublished. But the calculator keeps track of which US copyright act applies to the work in question, so you don't have to."
  • Exception for instructor in U.S Copyright Law: " The U.S. Copyright Code provides for the educational use of copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder under certain conditions. To find out if your intended use meets the requirements set out in the law, use this free online tool."

 

Fair use:

"Broadly speaking, fair use is the the copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and "transformative" purposes, such as to critic, comment, or parody and can be done without the permission of the copyright owner, therefore it protects the Fair Use user from copyright infringement." Adapted from Standard University Libraries

  • Fair use (Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright code) provides parameters for the legal use of copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder.
  • The law mandates that four factors be considered in determining whether or not a use is fair. These are: [link to law]
    1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether the use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
    2. The nature of the copyrighted work;
    3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the work as a whole; and
    4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

Fair Use Evaluator: This tool "helps you better understand how to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code."

Otherwise stated, terms adapted from: http://librarycopyright.net/resources/fairuse/toc.php

More Fair Use Resources: 

Public Domain:

 "The public domain refers to works (i) no longer protected by copyright (that is, where the copyright has expired), and (ii) belonging to categories of works not protected by copyright law." Copyright Clearance Center 

Public Domain Slider:  This tool lets you know which works are in the public domain by selecting the dates. 

Copyright tools:

  • Exception for instructor in U.S Copyright Law: " The U.S. Copyright Code provides for the educational use of copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder under certain conditions. To find out if your intended use meets the requirements set out in the law, use this free online tool."
  • Copyright calculator: "Want to know if a specific work is in the public domain? (Or, if it's not, when it will be?) Give the copyright term calculator a spin. You'll need to provide some information about the work — for example, whether it's published or unpublished. But the calculator keeps track of which US copyright act applies to the work in question, so you don't have to."
  • Public Domain Slider:  This tool lets you know which works are in the public domain by selecting the dates. 
  • Section 108 Spinner: Check what your library can reproduce under copyright.
  • Fair Use Evaluator: This tool "helps you better understand how to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code"

 

 

 

 

Creative Common License

Creative Commons License
This work by Diana Moronta is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

You may reproduce, reuse, or remix any part of it for noncommercial purposes as long as credit is included. We encourage you to license your derivative works under Creative Commons as well to encourage sharing and reuse of educational materials. Note that linked content is covered by its own licenses.

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