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Creative Commons

Published on Nov 18, 2015

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Creative Commons

A Brief Guide for Educators
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Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that
facilitates using and sharing
creative work online.


  • By providing free, standardized copyright licenses that allow people to use, share, or remix your creative work without having to ask you for permission.
  • Users of work published under CC know exactly what's allowed and what's not.
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CC and Copyright

  • CC is not an alternative to traditional copyright.
  • Using a CC license allows you to easily modify copyright to suit your needs.
  • You choose the rights you want!
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CC Licenses

  • If you want other people to share, use, or build upon your original work easily, consider publishing it under a CC license.
  • Six different licenses to choose from.

each license addresses:

  • Attribution
  • Commercial use
  • Remixing/derivative work
  • Which rights are passed on to future users
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CC takes the guesswork out of copyright and makes online collaboration easier.

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Want to use something published under CC? Great! Check the CC license to see what's allowed. Restrictions are clear and easy to understand.

what about fair use?

  • Creative Commons licenses provide preset guidelines and permissions for how creative work can be used.
  • Fair use is the limited use of copyrighted material, with or without permission, under certain circumstances.
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Fair use is a legal defense. Creative Commons is an organization that provides easy-to-use copyright licenses.

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So get out there! Create and share alike.

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But check on the restrictions, look for a CC license, or make sure what you're doing falls under fair use.

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