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Open Licensing with 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 licenses video (16:27)

The video below will provide you with an understanding of the Creative Commons licenses, including the four license elements; the six CC licenses; and CC0, Creative Commons' public domain dedication tool. This video will help you understand for what purposes you can use others' CC-licensed works as well as which CC licenses are appropriate for your own work. To apply a CC license to your own work, use the Creative Commons License Chooser. See also Marking your work with a CC license.

Video references

Content sources:

Creative Commons. n.d. "About the Licenses." Accessed October 19, 2018.

Creative Commons. n.d. "CC Certificate Unit 3: Anatomy of a CC License." Accessed October 15, 2018.

Creative Commons. n.d. "CC0 No Rights Reserved." Accessed October 19, 2018.

Rathemacher, Andrée. n.d. "URI Open Access Fund: Frequently Asked Questions." LibGuides @ URI. Accessed October 19, 2018.

Image sources:

BY icon by Creative Commons

CC BY button by Creative Commons

CC BY-NC button by Creative Commons

CC BY-NC-ND button by Creative Commons

CC BY-NC-SA button by Creative Commons

CC BY-ND button by Creative Commons

CC BY-SA button by Creative Commons

CC Zero button by Creative Commons

Copyright All Rights Reserved image by Mike Seyfang, licensed under CC BY 2.0

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

Creative Commons Logo by Creative Commons

Fair use scale by Michael Brewer & ALA Office of Information Technology Policy, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0, via The University of Chicago Library

Layers by Creative Commons

NC icon by Creative Commons

ND icon by Creative Commons

Public Domain button by Creative Commons

Public Domain icon by Creative Commons

SA icon by Creative Commons


Video created using Screencast-O-Matic and this Google Slides presentation.


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.