Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that allows for the legal sharing of knowledge and creativity. Using different Creative Commons Licenses, creators can allow their works to be shared, used, and remixed by others. The Open Education program at Creative Commons works to support the CC mission through education, advocacy and outreach on using the right licenses and open policies to maximize the benefits of open educational resources (OER) and the return on investment in publicly funded education resources.
- From the Creative Commons Website
Give credit easily with OpenWa's CC Attribution builder
For digital media resources, please take a look at the links below. These resources can be used in lectures, assignments, and various scholarly applications. Each site has a licensing page with information on how to correctly use the images or videos under Creative Commons.
Creative Commons works by offering different types of licenses to help creators share their work with the digital community. Each license describes how the work can be used, shared, and/or remixed. For more information on how licensing works, please see the Creative Commons site.
This license lets others distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
This license lets others remix, adapt, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.
This license lets others reuse the work for any purpose, including commercially; however, it cannot be shared with others in adapted form, and credit must be provided to you.
This license lets others remix, adapt, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
This license lets others remix, adapt, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.
Creative Commons also provides tools that work in the “all rights granted” space of the public domain. Our CC0 tool allows licensors to waive all rights and place a work in the public domain, and our Public Domain Mark allows any web user to “mark” a work as being in the public domain.