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An Introduction and Overview of Creative Commons. Why they exist, how they work and how to use them in your own work



This guide is designed to help you become acquainted with Creative Commons (CC), what it is and how it works. Maybe you have already had exposure to this type of licensing before or maybe you are new to the whole concept. As explained below CC is a fairly new type of copyright which is intended to promote Open Education Resources (OER) that can be shared, reviewed and changed all while making sure the creators work is protected in the way that they desire. This guide includes sections on what CC is, the various types of CC licenses, how to use CC and links/contact information if you need extra help.



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What is Creative Commons

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a type of copyright license which allows creators to share their work with various levels of protection. The idea behind the concept is the old copyright was a one size fits all and did not allow creators to share there work and easily allow others to edit, add or change the work moving forward. With Creative Commons creators can share their work in various ways. For instance if you created a Geology textbook and put ay Creative Commons By license on it it means anyone could take your work and make any changes they saw fit. All they need to do is to credit you as the original creator. If you are interested to know more about the various types of licenses and how they work see the Types of Creative Commons page