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Creative Commons Licenses Explained: Somewhat Open

This guide is designed to walk you through the different types of CC Licenses and the benefits and drawbacks of each, so that when it comes to picking a license for your work, you can make an educated choice.

CC-BY-NC - Attribution-NonCommercial

CC-BY-NC or Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial is among the first of the licenses that start to be more restrictive in their permissions. While a user can still remix, tweak, and build upon the work, all while attributing the original creator, the NC part of the license makes it so that new works cannot be used commercially.

Some faculty may be concerned that their work could be used commerically down the road. If that is something you would like to avoid, this license may be the best choice. It still allows for flexibility with the material, but keeps it from being used for profit.

To sum up, this license allows you to share and remix.

For more information, visit CC-BY-NC.

CC-BY-NC-SA - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

CC-BY-NC-SA or Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike, carries the same permissions as CC-BY-NC except that any new creations must be licensed under identical terms. 

For faculty who are concerned about their work being used commercially, and want to make sure that their work is always open, this license is a good fit. 

To sum up, this license allows you to share and remix.

For more information, visit CC-BY-NC-SA.


Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Licenses Explained by Jillian Maynard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Updated by Taylor St. Pierre 7/2021.

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