Open copyright licence enables collaboration, development, access, and inspiration from your creative works without requiring you to give up the rights (copyright) automatically granted to you for your creation. An open licence lets you retain ownership of your work, while allowing others to use, share, and remix it, without requesting your permission. For most open licences, all that is required of the users is to attribute you for your work. You can choose an open licence to maintain your copyright while enabling the public to use and remix your creative work. An open licence grants permissions and states restrictions; the specific permissions granted depend on the type of open licence you choose.
Creative Commons (CC)
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to make it easier for creators to share their work and/or build upon the works of others consistent with the rules of copyright. They have created standard, easy to use and understand copyright licences that anybody can apply to their work to allow others to share, remix, or use the work without having to contact the copyright owner to ask for permission.
Four Licence Elements
Each Creative Commons licence is made up of one or more of four licence elements: Attribution (BY), Share Alike (SA), NonComercial (NC) and No Derivatives (ND).
The four elements in FIG 3.1 can be combined to make up six different licensing options. Note that all Creative Commons licences require attribution, but otherwise the licence elements can be combined to allow for or restrict various activities, such as commercial use or adaptation.
Six Creative Commons Licences
There are six different types of Creative Commons licences. These licences are designed so that creators have options to provide restrictions on how they want their work to be used. They are made up of the four licence elements mentioned in FIG 3.1.
- Creative Commons licenses
- Creative Commons FAQs on remixing materials and licensing those remixes
- Open Course & Educational Resource Guidelines
To learn about the kinds of support available for your open textbook project, review UBC Supports.