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Copyright Guidelines

For clarification of a specific copyright-related question or answers to questions not covered by this guide, please contact:
 
Okanagan College Copyright Officer:
Ross Tyner
Director of Library Services
Local 4665
 
Lindsay Willson
Public Services/Business Liaison Librarian
Local 4624
 
Or contact

Creative Commons offers a set of freely available licenses for authors/creators providing different levels of permissions for the use of original material, while retaining the copyright that is automatically guaranteed to creators by copyright law

CC licenses create a standard way for authors to put their work in "the commons" and for users to easily find works they can use, adapt and share.

Definitions:

The Commons: shared, common property available for everyone to use

CC abbreviations:

BY = Provide attribution to creator (all CC licenses contain BY)

NC = NonCommercial. No commercial use of material

ND = NoDerivatives. Cannot adapt material

SA = ShareAlike. Must be shared under same license

There are 6 levels of permissions in CC licenses. All CC licenses require attribution. 

CC licenses, from least to most-restrictive: 

CC BY 

Attribution: CC BY 

Lets all users share, use, remix, build upon your work, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, with credit to the licensor.

CC BY SA

Attribution-ShareAlike: CC BY-SA

Same as CC BY (share, use, remix, build upon your work, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, with credit), however users must license their work under the same terms.

CC BY ND

Attribution-NoDerivs: CC BY-ND

Users may share for commercial or non-commercial purposes with credit to the licensor, however with no changes to the original 

CC BY-NC

Attribution-NonCommercial: CC BY-NC

Users may share, use, remix, build upon your work, for non-commercial purposes only, with credit to the licensor. They do not need to license their work under the same terms.

CC BY-ND-SA

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA

Users may share, use, remix, build upon your work, for non-commercial purposes only, with credit to the licensor, and must license their work under the same terms.

CC BY-NC-ND

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: CC BY-NC-ND

The most restrictive license allows users to share your work for non-commercial purposes only, with credit to the licensor, however with no changes to the original work

Attribution

The basic rule is to attribute with: Title, Author, Source and License

For example, to provide attribution for this image from flickr:

CreativeCommonsLogo

"Creative Commons" by Kristina Alexanderson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

For more detailed information on attributing material, see below

Open Educational Resources (OERs) defined:

"Teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others; they include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge"

*from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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