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Open Educational Resources (OER): About Creative Commons Licenses

OER and information for the VCSU community.

What are Creative Commons licenses?

Creative Commons licenses provide creators an option to license their work in a manner that is less restrictive than traditional copyright. This allows you to make use of and/or modify existing content in exchange for nothing more than providing proper attribution to the original creators. Specific usage rights vary, and are determined by the type of license applied. For information about the types of Creative Commons licenses, see the box to the right.

For further information, including Best Practices for Attribution, see the Creative Commons website at creativecommons.org

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Creative Commons Licenses

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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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"The Licenses" by Creative Commons is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Questions? Comments? Contact VCSU User Services Librarian Emily Dafoe: emily.dafoe@vcsu.edu