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Open and Affordable Textbook Initiative @ LMU

This guide is designed to help LMU faculty learn about, discover, adapt, and create open and/or free alternatives to traditional costly course materials.

The Foundation

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Creative Commons (CC) licenses act as a layer on top of copyright, offering an alternative to traditional copyright, and allowing the user or creator more flexibility with the material thanks to the "5R Permissions" (see below). Once a CC license is chosen, it is forever, perpetual, it does not change.

Creative Commons Licenses

There are six Creative Commons Licenses:

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Attribution (CC-BY) Anyone is free to remix, redistribute, and even commercially use your work, so long as the new work attributes the original work and its author.

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Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) Anyone is free to remix, redistribute, and even commercially use your work, so long as the new work attributes the original work and its author and the new works are shared under the same license. This keeps all material derived from your original work to also be open.

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Attribution Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC) Anyone is free to remix and redistribute your work, but not commercially, so long as the new work attributes the original work and its author.

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Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) - Anyone is free to remix and redistribute your work, but not commercially, so long as the new work attributes the original work and its author and the new works are shared under the same license. This keeps all material derived from your original work to be both open and non-commercial.

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Attribution-NoDerivs (CC-BY-ND) Anyone is free to redistribute your work, even commercially, so long as the new work attributes the original work and its author. Remixes and other derivative works are not allowed.

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Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC-BY-NC-ND) Anyone is free to redistribute your work, but not commercially, so long as the new work attributes the original work and its author. Remixes and other derivative works are not allowed.

**As noted in the graphic to the left, CC licenses with the ND element are not generally considered OER, since they cannot be changed, only free to share. They are the "least open" before traditional copyright.

Content adapted from Getting Started with OER by Jillian Maynard at the University of Hartford, licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Images by creativecommons.org - http://creativecommons.org/about/downloads

Introduction to Creating OER and Combining CC Licenses