Creative Commons licencing

Creative Commons (CC) is an internationally active non-profit organisation that provides free licences for creators to use when making their work available to the public. These licences help the creator to give permission for others to use the work in advance under certain conditions.

Every time a work is created, such as when a journal article is written or a photograph taken, that work is automatically protected by copy right. Copyright protection prevents others from using the work in certain ways, such as copying the work or putting the work online.

CC licences allow the creator of the work to select how they want others to use the work. When a creator releases their work under a CC licence, members of the public know what they can and can’t do with the work. This means that they only need to seek the creator’s permission when they want to use the work in a way not permitted by the licence.

… all CC licences allow works to be used for educational purposes. As a result, teachers and students can freely copy, share and sometimes modify and remix a CC work without having seeking the permission of the creator. (From What is Creative Commons? a downloadable Australian education information guide, CC by Creative Commons Australia)

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Finding out more about Creative Commons in the classroom

Creative Commons in the classroom CC by Jessica Coates (Slide 5)

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Creative Commons for primary students CC by Jessica Coates (Slide 19)

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Go to How to attribute Creative Commons media for information on how to do this.

Go to Ethically sourcing media resources for information on how and where to search for CC licenced resources.

Featured image: Creative Commons  Attributioncc by karindalziel

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