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Fair Use and Copyright for Online Education: Creative Commons

Open Licensing

From:, courtesy of Open Oregon. Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license.

CC Licenses and Terms

Image by Salah Mengerti is licensed by Creative Commons 2.0 license.

What is Creative Commons?

  • Creative Commons 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 webpages). Creative Commons licensed material sometimes display clickable icons that indicate the specifics of licensing:
  • For details on the rights granted by each icon, refer to the Creative Commons website:

Attribution Best Practices

  • As you find Creative Commons (CC) licensed materials which you wish to integrate into your own teaching, research and scholarship, it is important to provide appropriate attribution to the creator(s) of the CC work you are using.  
  • You should include the following information when attributing others CC licensed materials:
    • The name of the author / creator;
    • The title of the work;
    • The URL where the work is hosted;
    • Indicate the type of license it is available under and provide a link to the license (so others can find out the license terms).
  • Best practices by media type:

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