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Open Educational Resources Guide: OER Licensing

Copyright & License

In academia, a license is permission you get from the copyright owner (author, artist, creator) of the work you want to use. A license grants permissions to use the work, but sometimes it states restrictions as well. The license specifies what can and cannot be done with a work.

  • Copyright: a form of intellectual property law that protects original works of authorship
  • License: permission or consent from the copyright owner to use the copyrighted work

What is an OPEN license?

An open license grants permission to access, reuse, remix and redistribute a work for free, with few or no restrictions. With open licenses, creators maintain the rights to their copyrighted work. Open educational resources use open licenses! 

Adapted from Learn OER modules from Open Washington, by the SBCTC, licensed under CC BY 4.0 

Creative Commons Open Licensing

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Creative Commons (CC) is an international organization that advocates for open practices. Creative Commons has developed a set of open licenses to facilitate sharing and reuse of all kinds of creative and scholarly works. CC licenses reduce barriers to new knowledge production by clarifying copyright expectations of creators.

Learn about Creative Commons licenses and how to apply them to your OER work on our Creative Commons guide.

Public Domain, Open License, and All Rights Reserved Copyright