Module 3: Creative Commons License
Open Licensing | Creative Commons | Elements & Types of Licenses | Assignment & Discussion
In 2001, a group of experts comprised of educators, technologists, legal scholars, investors, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists worked together to come up with a set of copyright licenses that would allow creators to easily share materials that were not software code, such as blogs, photos, films, books, etc. They founded a nonprofit organization called Creative Commons and developed the first set of open licenses in 2002.
Watch: What are Creative Commons Licenses? from the McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph
Watch: Creative Commons Kiwi from Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons, formerly Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand, with support from InternetNZ
Creative Commons licenses bring clarity and ease to sharing materials online, giving creators a way to enable others to make use of their works openly, while reserving certain conditions. As of the end of 2016, there were more than a billion CC licensed works on the internet, including works on many common platforms like YouTube, Flickr, Ted Talks, and all of Wikipedia.
This module was created by Ching-Jung Chen. Portions of the content were adapted from:
- Open Education Primer from SPARC Open Education Leadership Program, licensed under CC BY 4.0
- OPEN Washington from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), licensed under CC BY 4.0