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Creative Commons - intellectual property and copyright license options

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that offers free licenses that provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.. A Creative Commons license is based on copyright, and the licenses apply to all works that are protected by copyright law. The kinds of works that are protected by copyright law are books, websites, blogs, photographs, films, videos, songs and other audio & visual recordings, for example. The Creative Commons licenses give creators the ability to dictate how others may exercise their copyright rights—such as the right of others to copy their work, make derivative works or adaptations of their work, to distribute their work and/or make money from their work. They do not give creators the ability to restrict anything that is otherwise permitted by exceptions or limitations to copyright—including, importantly, fair use, fair dealing or public domain works—nor do they give creators the ability to control anything is not protected by copyright law, such as facts and ideas.


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Cris Guenter
Cris Guenter (Faculty)
10 years ago

I use Creative Commons content in my work so it is important to model expectations for other educators. This particular page within Creative Commons helps clarify to my student teachers and classroom teachers the licensing aspect of Creative Commons. Being able to see the actual choices in the licenses quickly and clearly makes a difference.

Technical Remarks:

No technical issues or concerns.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 60 minutes
Alison Foster
Alison Foster (Librarian)
4 years ago
This resource is a very effective resource for providing users with an overview of the foundations of Creative Commons Licensing. The content is of very high quality and would be a comprehensive tool for someone who is just starting out in the application of Creative Commons Licensing. In terms of the ease of use, the Creation tool ( in particular is very user-friendly and supports a user in creating Creative Commons licensing for their own work. In addition, the layout of the website is relatively straightforward and uses appropriate headers for users to quickly navigate the website. I do echo the sentiment expressed by Rebecca; the material itself would potentially need to be modified for a high school audience, or some preliminary teaching materials on Copyright and licensing of resources before providing students with this resource. Overall, it is a fantastic site for postsecondary students and instructors alike. For example, I regularly cite this resource as a support tool for instructors interested in creating Open Education Resources (OER).
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 45 minutes
Rebecca Neel
Rebecca Neel (Librarian)
4 years ago
The only reason I gave this resource 4 instead of 5 stars is the fact that I'm not convinced it's 100% ideologically accessible to a high school audience, as indicated in the "Primary Audience" field. Understanding the purpose and function of CC licensing requires a bit of background knowledge of the purpose, function, and history of copyright that I feel isn't a standard part of high school curricula. However, in a higher level, specialized hs class (e.g. journalism) that has already covered issues of intellectual property, rights, and freedom, this resource could function as a valuable supplementary material. That being said, the text, videos, and license picker are incredibly useful and accessible for creators exploring CC options.
David Kent
David Kent (Librarian)
17 years ago
I spent about 30 minutes with this site and found it to have good production value. I viewed the "How It Works" cartoon on the concept of creative commons. The material is presented in a way that is easily understood and makes it fun to learn the concepts involved! This site should give students a better understanding of copyright issues and provide a way to find digital content to use in their presentations without having to pay or ask permission.

Technical Remarks:

The site layout is well-designed--clear, uncluttered, easy to navigate, in other words, user-friendly. I like the choice of fonts and colors, which make for easy reading.
Used in course? Yes
Mary Nunaley
Mary Nunaley (Content Developer/Instructional Designer)
14 years ago
Very easy to understand. I spent about 30 minutes viewing the comics, the projects, and the wiki. Many course developers have questions about licensing the material they create, especially learning objects, this site will be very useful in explaining options to them. The material can also be used with our students, especially those creating digital content such as blogs and music.
brian stewart
brian stewart (Student)
15 years ago
I spent about 20 minutes with viewing this site and found it to be of great value. I view the how it works cartoon on the concept of creative commons. The material is easily understood and makes it fun to learn the concepts that are involved. The maybe should have given a little bit of an understanding of the issues that are copyright and should present a way to find digital content to use in their presentations without having to use permission and paying for it. But in all the site design was well spectacular and I would very think of it as user friendly.
Nancy J. Pelaez
Nancy J. Pelaez (Faculty)
18 years ago
Information competence is a component of our course for teaching online. This
collection makes it easy for students who create online learning materials to
understand legislation for sharing of online materials.

Technical Remarks:

Information on how to mark content with copyright and terms of use on a web page
is provided in HTML with a display button through easy-to-follow guidelines.
Used in course? Yes