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OER Background: Creative Commons (CC) - Licensing and OER
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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.
Copyrighted works: You cannot share copies of a work without permission of copyright holder, except in cases that meet "Fair Use" provision.
Creative Commons Licenses (CCL) with No-Derivitive (ND) restriction maintained - allows you to share copies of the original work without needing permission of original copyright owner - as long as you share the entire work without changing anything.
"Fair Use" and Public Domain: Creative Commons Licenses (CCL) do not apply in circumstances where copyright does not apply.
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