="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 512 512">

Licensing and Copyright

Creative Commons Alternatives

Alternative licenses

While Creative Commons licensing is a well-recognized, straight-forward, flexible type of licensing that is strongly associated with OER, there are other types of open licensing available.



The GNU General Public License is a “free, copyleft license for software and other kinds of works.”



Copyleft is comparable to the Share Alike aspect of a Creative Commons license.


Public Domain

Works in the public domain are not copyrighted. Different countries have different copyright laws and lengths, however, which must be carefully checked.

Creative Commons has tools that allow users to place their works in the public domain.



The GNU General Public License version 3 logo is in the Public Domain.
The Copyleft symbol by Zscout370 is in the Public Domain.
The Public Domain logo has been copied from Creative Commons and is used under a CC BY license.


Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Alternatives by Shannon Moist is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Share This Book