Open Educational Resources (OER)

What is Creative Commons (and why should I use its licenses)?

Creative Commons is a global nonprofit that enables sharing and reuse of creative materials through free legal tools.

Creative Commons licenses provide an easy way to manage the copyright terms that attach automatically to all creative material under copyright. The licenses allow that material to be shared and reused under terms that are flexible and legally sound. Creative Commons offers a core suite of six copyright licenses.

Because there is no single “Creative Commons license,” it is important to identify which of the six licenses you are applying to your material, which license has been applied to material that you intend to use, and in both cases the specific version.

For more information, visit :

What is Creative Commons and what do you do? - Creative Commons

What are Creative Commons Licenses? - Creative Commons

Choosing and Attributing Licenses - Lansing Community College Library

Licensing Guidance FAQ - Open Oregon Educational Resources

Open Attribution Builder (Open Washington) - Tool to help you easily add CC licenses to your materials


Creative Commons Licenses Overview Video

Types of Creative Commons Licenses

The licenses below and their descriptions come from the About the Licenses page of Creative Commons. 

License Types

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