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OATs (Open Access Textbooks): Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons

 Are you creating your own open source content or modifying the work of others?  You may want to learn more about Creative Commons licensing at

About the licenses tells you what types of licenses are available and what they do.

Choose a license takes you through the process of licensing your work.  It's free!

Search and find Creative Commons images through Flikr and Wikimedia Commons.

Search and find Creative Commons videos through Vimeo.

What is Creative Commons?

Some open source texts have notes indicating a Creative Commons license.  That means this work is free but licensed by the author, so s/he must be given credit if the work is used by another party.  The Creative Commons license is comparable to, but less restrictive than, the copyright of commercial publications.

Learn more at

You may also see one of these icons, indicating what type of license the author has chosen:


To learn more about types of licenses, go to About the Licenses.

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