Open Educational Resources: Creative Commons

Creative commons licensing explained

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Key Points

A Creative Commons Licence is applied to a work by the creator. This indicates how the work can be used and/or re-worked. The licences are a standardised way for you to use and share works created by others without infringing copyright.

Creative Commons allows use of a work without seeking permission.  There are a number of different licences which range from very open to more restrictive terms and conditions.

The suite of licences include core conditions which are:

  • BY = Attribution 
  • NC = Non Commercial
  • ND = No Deriviative
  • SA = Share Alike

For further information about these licences and their uses see the page About Licences or watch to Creative commons licensing explained video on this page.

Sharing your work: Which Licence?

Creative Commons provides a tool which guides a creator to the licence which is most suitable taking into account creator preferences.

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Using the Licences

The Creative Commons website provides a search page which makes finding works for your uses very easy.

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If you wish to use the work for other purposes than the uses stated on the licence you will need to seek permission from the creator of the work.