Creative Commons has been around since 2002. The licenses that they provide are the foundation of OER. These licenses are an extension of copyright; they do not replace copyright. Therefore, if you share something under a CC license you still own the copyright but you've told others upfront how you'd like them to use your work. Every CC license requires that the user give attribution to the creator if they use the material.
Copying a CC licensed work and sharing it: Must always provide attribution.
NonCommercial (NC) restriction: Do not use work for commercial purposes.
No-Derivitive (ND) restriction: Do not change work before sharing. No (adaptations or derivatives) allowed. You may shift format from html to pdf or other format for usability. If the underlying work is licensed under a NoDerivatives license, you can make and use changes privately but you cannot share your adaptation with others
Share Alike (SA): Must share copies or adaptations/derivatives using the same licence as original. This makes it harder to re-use works, because of incompatible licence restrictions. If the underlying work is licensed under a ShareAlike license, then ShareAlike applies to your adaptation and you must license it under the same or a compatible license.
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