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Open Educational Resources (OER): Creative Commons Licensing

A guide for faculty at Saint Peter's University to incorporate OER into their course design.

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

Creative Commons Licenses are not an alternative to Copyright.  They work alongside copyright and enable the modification of copyright terms to fit specific needs.  Applying a Creative Commons License to a work can be thought of as changing, "All rights reserved" to "Some rights reserved."​

What are Creative Commons Licenses?

Components

Creative Commons licenses are made up of one, two, or three of the following components.  Each component specifies what a potential user of a licensed work might do with that work.  There are six Creative Commons licenses.  Each is a permutation of the following.

Attribution
All CC licenses require that those who use a work in any way must give credit to its creator in the way requested by that person, but not in a way that suggests the creator endorses the user or their use. If one would like to use a work without crediting the creator, they must first get permission to do so.
ShareAlike
You let others copy, distribute, display, perform, and modify your work, as long as they distribute any modified work on the same terms. If they want to distribute modified works under other terms, they must get your permission first.
NoDerivs
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only original copies of your work. If they want to modify your work, they must get your permission first.
NonCommercial
You let others copy, distribute, display, perform, and (unless you have chosen NoDerivs) modify and use your work for any purpose other than commercially unless they get your permission first.
 

Licenses

The following are all of the permutations of Creative Commons licenses; their symbols, their names, and their corresponding abbreviations.

Attribution
CC BY
Attribution – ShareAlike
CC BY-SA
Attribution – NoDerivs
CC BY-ND
Attribution – NonCommercial

CC BY-NC

Attribution – NonCommercial – ShareAlike

CC BY-NC-SA

Attribution – NonCommercial – NoDerivs

CC BY-NC-ND