Creative Commons provides free copyright licences to offer a simple and standardised way to give permission to share and use creative works.
The four different licence elements are:
Attribution: You must always provide credit to the original author - BY
Share-Alike: If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same licence as the original - SA
Non-Commercial: You may not use the material for commercial purposes - NC
No-Derivatives: You may not distribute modified versions of the work - ND
For Open Educational Resources (OERs), try to use Creative Commons material with:
If you are creating an open course or MOOC, that later is commercialised, you can still use the resources if they have a BY or BY SA licence.
You must acknowledge the creator and include any copyright information when you use a resource.
The attribution should include the Title, Author, Source, and Licence.
The basic requirements are:
Note: If you use any materials licensed CC BY 2.0 be very careful to attribute exactly as set out in the licence as it has been superseded and has strict attribution requirements that can make it easy to make a mistake. Materials licensed CC BY 4.0 are preferred.