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Copyright @ NSCC

Copyright information for NSCC faculty, staff and students.


Creative Commons

Creative Commons gives creators a way to attach open copyright licenses to their work. An open copyright license removes most copyright copyright restrictions from the work allowing the work to be shared, copied and repurposed. 

Creative Commons licenses are highly recognizable, identified by the distinctive CC.
There is standardized list of open sharing licenses for creators to choose from.

Creative Commons defines itself as...

"Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools. Our legal tools help those who want to encourage reuse of their works by offering them for use under generous, standardized terms; those who want to make creative uses of works; and those who want to benefit from this symbiosis. Our vision is to help others realize the full potential of the internet. CC has affiliates all over the world who help ensure our licenses work internationally and who raise awareness of our work."
~ FAQ by Creative Commons CC BY-4.0

Did you know that there is growing inventory of educational materials created by subject experts licensed under the Creative Commons license model?

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Any type of educational teaching materials created with an open copyright license.

Key Features:

  • Free to legally copy, use, revise, adapt and re-share.
  • OERs can include a variety of teaching materials including curriculum, course outlines, textbooks, teaching notes, assignments, tests and projects.
  • Not format specific -- can include print, digital, audio, video or animation.
  • Attribution and sharing the content are almost always requirements


  • True OER are free of most copyright and licensing restrictions
  • Terms of Use statements or a Creative Commons license provide guidance on how the content can be used.
  • Creative Commons licenses ~ help creators license their content with sharing models to choose from.
  • Check license terms for any restrictions

More Information

For more information and suggestions of where to locate OERs, visit the NSCC guide on Open Educational Resources.

CC Licenses.

There are different kinds of CC licenses. Check the license attached to the content you want to use. Read the conditions for permitted uses.

CC licenses by Creative Commons. CC-BY-4.0

A Creative Commons Search will help you find materials with Creative Commons Licenses. Click on the Creative Commons search page screen shot below to go the Creative Commons search page.

Read the licenses carefully to ensure you are using Creative Commons materials as they are intended.


CC search options by Creative Commons. CC-BY-4.0

According to
90% of creative commons
licensed images are
not credited.

So they created a how to
write a Creative Commons (CC)
attribution guide.

For the complete guide
visit their website @

The Ultimate Guide by CC BY-SA