Creative Commons Licenses

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Creative Commons provides the open licenses used by the vast majority of open content, including over 880M items according to a recent report.

The breadth and depth of license options available through Creative Commons licenses provides any creator with a wide range of opportunities to license any type of work with a human readable license, a “legalese” version of the same license, as well as a machine readable version of the license.  While fixing overaggressive copyright is the best solution, Creative Commons provides authors and creators with a relatively simple way to share their work in the current legal context.

All CC licenses carry the attribution term “BY.” From there the creator can select from an array of other options which include the following:

Key Points

Discussion Questions

  1. Which is the best license?
  2. Under what circumstances would you choose to use which licenses?
  3. Discuss the pros and cons of not using the NC license, thereby allowing commercial use of openly licensed materials for gain.
  4. Under which circumstances would it be best to use a ND license?

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