Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

NSCC OER Toolkit -- Adopt & Adapt OER

OER and Copyright

Creators sometimes want to share!

OER have an open copyright licence that allows the content to be shared and reused without permission or fees.
A Creative Commons (CC) Licence can be used by creators to indicate that their content can be shared. There are several types of CC licences.
When you are using CC licenced content review the licence type for conditions. For example most licences require giving credit to the author or creators.

Creative Commons (CC) Licenses

► An alternative to the traditional all-rights reserved model of licensing.

► CC helps creators attach a more open copyright license to their content with sharing models to choose from.

► CC is sometimes referred to as the Some Rights Reserved model.

► CC provides an alternative to the traditional "all rights reserved" approach to copyright ownership, where the creator sells their work and requires permission for copying and use outside of purchasing.

► CC licenses explicitly identify what can and can not be done with the content and under what conditions.

► The most open license makes the content free and allows modification and adaption with only one condition; that attribution to the original creator be included.

Creative Commons (CC) License Options

Creative Commons Licenses by CreativeCommons.org CC BY-SA

Visit the Creative Commons website for more information about Creative Commons Licenses.

Citing CC Image Content