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Open Education Resources (OER): Creative Commons

What is Creative Commons and how do you use it?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.

For more information about CC, the main website It contains in-depth information about the organization, its staff and board of directors, its history, and its supporters. You can also read CC case studies to learn about some of the inspiring ways CC licenses and tools have been used to share works and support innovative business models. You can find regularly updated information about CC by visiting the blog.

Creative Commons License Explanation

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Creative Commons licenses help creators retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work, at least non-commercially. The CC License chooser provides an easy way for creators to define the terms on which others may use their work. Click on this link for help in creating your license.   CHOOSE A LICENSE

CC License