Open Education Resources: Copyright and Creative Commons Licensing

A curated list of open education resources. The guide also contains information about licences and copyright as it pertains to open education resources.

Creative Commons - What it is

Creative Commons (CC) is the legal framework for open educational resources (OER) which makes the OER movement possible. It provides the legal and technical tools to share knowledge freely, building on a culture of permissions as opposed to restrictions. 

From OERu Course - LiDA103

Watch Creative Commons Kiwi a 5 minute video and visit Frequently Asked Questions to find out more.

Creative Commons Licences - Some Rights Reserved

There are six Creative Commons licenses designed to ensure that others can copy and distribute your work, provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify. They are comprised of the elements below:

Creative Commons licences

Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand (n.d.) CC Licence Chart. Retrieved from https://resources.creativecommons.org.nz/downloads/ccguides/ccbrochure2015.pdf  

 

The elements make up the six possible Creative Commons Licenses below:  

Creative Commons by Creative Commons Aotearoa is licensed under CC BY 3.0

 

What you can do with each license 

Cheat Sheet of Creative Commons licenses. (2013.). Retrieved from https://www.northeastern.edu/ats/teaching-technology/e-learning-resources/copyright-fair-use-and-crediting-creative-commons-media/ 

Understanding License Differences - most restrictive to most accommodating

Understanding license differences. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ciel.viu.ca/learning-technologies-innovation/developing-using-media-content/finding-using-open-educational-resources/creative-commons-licences

CC License compatibility

Creative Commons Compatibility chart from https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/Wiki/cc_license_compatibility.

 It is licensed to the public under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Referencing Creative Commons

Image by the darling librarian is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

What is copyright?

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Copyright in New Zealand

FAQ's from Creative Commons

creative commonsImage: Giulio Zanno  - CC By 3.0

CC is the ground on which OER walks.

Creative Commons is the legal framework for open educational resources (OER) which makes the OER movement possible. It provides the legal and technical tools to share knowledge freely, building on a culture of permissions as opposed to restrictions. 

From OERu Course - LiDA103

Choosing a Creative Commons licence

What about Public Domain?

It is always best practice to acknowledge when information has come from the public domain including a hyperlink to the source. e.g.

Mona Lisa

Image: Public Domain - Pixabay