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Creative Commons, Copyright, and Licensing

Creative Commons, Copyright, and Licensing


Creative Commons, Copyright, and Licensing

"Our work is to build a vibrant, usable commons, powered by collaboration and gratitude."     - Ryan Merkley, CEO of Creative Commons


Open educational resources are licensed under the creative commons. The creative commons licenses grant specific permissions by the author on how the resource can be used. When using open educational resources, look for the license to determine what permissions have been granted.

Creative Commons


Key Resource: Creative CommonsCreative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. We unlock the full potential of the internet to drive a new era of development, growth and productivity.

About the Licenses- The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. Our tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. The combination of our tools and our users is a vast and growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law.

FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions