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Open Education Centralia College: Open License Options

Basic information on open educational resources, repositories, and current projects.

Public Domain

"A work of authorship is in the “public domain” if it is no longer under copyright protection or if it failed to meet the requirements for copyright protection. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner. "

U.S. Copyright Office

Creative Commons

Image source: "Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco" by tvol is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The mission of creative commons is to help you share your knowledge and creativity with the world.

Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.


The following video gives an introduction to the different options for licensing with Creative Commons. 

Video Source: by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand (CC BY) license. The video was made with support from InternetNZ and is a project of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Produced by Mohawk Media.

Attribution Guidelines