Creative Commons

Notes for School Librarians

Creative Commons is NOT Copyright

  • Copyright is completely restrictive: it does not allow anyone except for the copyright holder to use or modify the work.
  • Creative Commons encourages sharing works through the Internet and allows the license holder to control just how much or how little they would like others to use and/or change their work.
6 different types of licenses:
  • Attribution, Attribution-NoDerivs, Attribution-ShareAlike, Attribution-NonCommercial, Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs

Best Ways for School Librarians to Use Creative Commons

  • License your own work, i.e. stories, poems, songs, photographs etc.
  • Find images, audio and video that you can use in your lesson plans without worrying about copyright infringement--use the search tool on the CC site
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