Subject Guides

Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide provides details about how the open access movement is impacting academic education and how to find appropriate low cost or zero cost materials for academic courses.

Danielle Apfelbaum, Senior Assistant Librarian & Scholarly Communication Librarian Farmingdale State College, discusses copyright and creative commons. 

Using & Attributing Open Content

How to Provide Appropriate Attribution to Materials Licensed through Creative Commons

How to Attribute Creative Commons Photos by FOTOR | CC BY

Creative Commons

Creative Commons provides creators with the ability to share their works with others, while still having some control of how their created materials are used and recognized.

Attaining a Creative Commons license protects your work and acknowledges how you would like others to share and use your work.

 Taken from "Creative Commons is a non-profit that offers an alternative to full copyright."

You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work - and derivative works based upon it - but only if they give you credit.
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You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work - and derivative works based upon it - but for noncommercial purposes only.
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No Derivative Works
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.
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Share Alike
You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.
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Public Domain Dedication (CC0)
You, the copyright holder, waive your interest in your work and place the work as completely as possible in the public domain so others may freely exploit and use the work without restriction under copyright or database law.
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Public Domain Work
Works, or aspects of copyrighted works, which copyright law does not protect. Typically, works become part of the public domain because their term of protection under copyright law expired, the owner failed to follow certain required formalities, or the works are not eligible for copyright protection.
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