Open Educational Resources are typically licensed with Creative Commons licenses.
Creative Commons helps content creators and share their creative work using varying levels of Creative Commons (CC) licenses. Creative Commons licenses work alongside copyright and allow creators to expand the licenses to make them less restrictive than traditional copyright.
The six different Creative Commons licenses allow work to be used in multiple ways, including copied, remixed, distributed, and adapted in many types of environments, including for commercial use. The various licenses are defined on the Creative Commons website, but the basic outline is provided below. Have questions? Ask Maggie Frankel, CCSF's OER librarian (and Creative Commons certificate holder).
|BY= Attribution. This is the least restrictive of the licenses. Allows user to remix, adapt and share the work, including commercially. The only stipulation is that the author/creator is given credit and the user indicates where changes were made.|
|BY-SA = Attribution-ShareAlike. Allows users to remix, adapt and share work, including for commercial purposes. User can relicense the work, but it it must be identical to the original license.|
|BY-ND = Attribution-NoDerivatives. Work can be distributed, including commercially, but cannot be remixed or changed from original state. Author or creator must be credited, as well.|
|BY-NC = Attribution-NonCommercial. User is allowed to remix and adapt work, but only for non-commercial purposes. Author or creator must be credited for work.|
|BY-NC-SA = Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. User is allowed to remix and adapt work, but only for non-commercial purposes, and author must be given credit for the work. User can relicense the work, but it it must be identical to the original license.|
|BY-NC-ND = Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives. Users are allowed to share work, but cannot adapt or remix the work, or use it for commercial purposes. Author must be given credit for their work.|