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Open Education Resources (OER): Creative Commons Licenses

What is Creative Commons?

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

Creative Commons

STEP 1: Before Licensing

There are some basic steps to take, which are detailed on the Creative Commons site.

1. Make sure your work is copyrightable.

2. Make sure you have the rights.

  • Do you own the material?

  • Is there any 3rd party material included?  If so you have to get their permission or remove it before licensing the material.

3. Make sure you understand how Creative Commons Licenses operate.

4. Be specific about what you are licensing.

STEP 2: Marking Content with CC Licenses

Visit the following two sites to learn how to mark your content with a CC License.

License Terms

Creators or copyright holders who wish to apply a Creative Commons license to their work can choose to allow their work to be copied and reused with any one or more restrictions, or certain combinations of restrictions. The four restrictions are:

Condition Image Description
Attribution CC-BY.png You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.[1].
Non Commercial CC-NC.png You may not use the material for commercial purposes.[2]
Share Alike CC-SA.png If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.[3]
No Derivatives CC-ND.png If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.[4]


  1.  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
  2.  Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International License
  3.  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
  4.  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

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