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What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is an alternative to copyright, allowing the content creators to release some of their rights using Creative Commons licenses. Under these licenses, other people can reuse, remix and redistribute these works. 

Creative Commons licensing is at the heart of the OER movement. CC allows creators to specify more flexible forms of copyright that allows "others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work."

Look for copyright information (often at the bottom of web pages). Creative Commons licensed material sometimes display clickable icons that indicate the specifics of licensing.

Learn more about Creative Commons

The chart below illustrates the different Creative Commons licenses and the corresponding permissions.