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OER: Open Educational Resources: Creative Commons

Creative Commons -- What is it?

Creative Commons is a set of licenses which gives the user permission to do various things with the original content, such as reuse, revise, remix and redistribute it without needing to obtain written consent from the creator.  

Am I giving away my copyright using a CC license?

NO.  In fact, you are retaining your copyright as the creator of the content!  Depending which license you apply to your work, you are simply announcing to the world that you are okay if people use your work of art to create something new, so long as they give you credit (the "BY" in CC-BY).  

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Lindsey Gumb
Lindsey Gumb
Scholarly Communications Librarian
Assistant Professor

Roger Williams University Library
Bristol, RI