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Open Educational Resources (OER): Creative Commons

This guide is maintained by NOVA librarians to assist faculty with OER initiatives and sources to locate OER materials. If you have questions or comments, please contact

Introduction to Creative Commons and How it Relates to Copyright

Understanding U.S. Copyright law can be challenging. The laws can be complex especially in a digital environment.  xemptions exist for classroom teaching, libraries, and online learning exist (see Copyright in Teaching), fair use analyses are still an option, and obtaining permission (and sometimes paying a fee) are also options, the advent of authors applying Creative Commons licenses to their works has greatly broadened the availability of creative, original works which may be used with attribution as designated by their authors.

*Please see the Copyright for Faculty tab for more information.

What is Creative Commons?

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Content created by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand with support from InternetNZ, originally published, under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Attribution Statements

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Creative Commons licenses help creators retain copyright while defining the terms on which others may use their work.

Content created by Creative Commons, originally published at, under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

About Creative Commons

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