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Open Educational Resources: Creative Commons

Creative Commons

Creative Commons licenses represent a departure from traditional copyright, which automatically reserves all rights for the creator of a work. By contrast, Creative Commons licenses offer users the ability to retain, revise, reuse, remix, and redistribute their work, depending on which license is chosen. 

To the left is an image of the six individual licenses. For a more specific breakdown of the symbols, see the box below: for a comprehensive explanation of each license, use the Choose a License tool to find out more, and to determine which combination of permissions will best fit your needs.


If you're new to Creative Commons licenses, below is a guide to the symbols used in each license. 

Traditional Copyright

Public Domain

Fair Use