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Open Licensing with Creative Commons: What is Creative Commons?

Introduction to Creative Commons, the Creative Commons licenses, applying CC licenses to your work, reusing others' CC-licensed content, and how CC licenses enable open access to scholarship and open educational resources.

Creative Commons timeline

Timeline references

Content sources:

Creative Commons. n.d. "CC Certificate Unit 1: What is Creative Commons?" Accessed October 7, 2018. https://certificates.creativecommons.org/about/certificate-resources-cc-by/.

Creative Commons. n.d. "Network Strategy." Accessed September 30, 2018. https://creativecommons.org/about/global-affiliate-network/network-strategy/.

Creative Commons. n.d. "State of the Commons." Accessed September 30, 2018. https://stateof.creativecommons.org/.

Lessig, L. 2014. "How I Lost the Big One." Legal Affairs, March/April 2004. http://www.legalaffairs.org/issues/March-April-2004/story_lessig_marapr04.msp.

Murphy, Julia  and Max Roser. 2018. "Internet". OurWorldInData.org. https://ourworldindata.org/internet.

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, s.v. “Copyright Term Extension Act,” (accessed September 27, 2018), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Term_Extension_Act.

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, s.v. “Creative Commons,” (accessed September 30, 2018), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons.

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, s.v. “Eldred v. Ashcroft,” (accessed September 27, 2018), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eldred_v._Ashcroft.

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, s.v. “Global Internet Usage,” (accessed September 30, 2018), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Internet_usage.

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, s.v. “History of the Internet,” (accessed September 27, 2018), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Internet.

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, s.v. “World Wide Web,” (accessed September 27, 2018), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Wide_Web.

Image sources:

CC logo on blue world map image by Creative Commons

Creative Commons license spectrum by Shaddim, original CC license symbols by Creative Commons, licensed under CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Creative Commons icon by Creative Commons

Internet users by world region image by Max Roser, licensed under CC BY-SA

Ken Thompson sitting and Dennis Ritchie at PDP-11 image by Peter Hamer, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Lawrence Lessig image by Joi Ito, licensed under CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Partial map of the Internet image by The Opte Project, licensed under CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

Trend of Maximum U.S. General Copyright Term image by Tom W. Bell, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

State of Creative Commons, 2017 image by Creative Commons, licensed under CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Timeline created using Timeline, a tool from the Knight Lab at Northwestern University using this Google Sheets file.

Creative Commons License
This timeline is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Credits

This guide was created by URI librarian Andrée Rathemacher in fall 2018 as part of her course assignments for the Creative Commons Certificate.

Created & Updated by

Andrée Rathemacher, 10/2018-

 

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.