What is Creative Commons Licensing?
To quote their website:
“Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work – on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of ‘all rights reserved’ to ‘some rights reserved.’ Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.”
So, it’s a way for me to more freely allow you to use my lesson plans and materials (that I create) while maintaining copyright over them. I believe in sharing and making it easy for you to reshare and reuse what I’ve done. I also wanted to make it very clear to you what you can do with the content on the site. Please don’t be deterred by this! I simply want to reserve some of my rights (i.e. I don’t want any one to sell my work) while allowing sharing. It also encourages you to share any changes you make to this work. In fact, if you create your own materials I would encourage you to consider CC licensing. Here is a breakdown of what the Creative Commons License I have chosen means.
You are free:
- to share – to copy, distribute, and transmit the work
- to remix – to adapt the work
Under the following conditions:
- attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
- noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
- share alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.
With the understanding that:
- Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
- Public Domain — Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.
- Other Rights — In no way are any of the following rights affected by the license:
- Your fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations;
- The author’s moral rights;
- Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights.
- Notice — For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page.
This work by Elizabeth Wroten is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.