C & OER
2009 West Virginia Statewide Technology Conference, August 6th 2009
Product Manager, Creative Commons
What is C?
We’re a 501c3 corporation headquartered in
San Francisco with 30 employees around the
We do not offer legal services per se.
We offer free legal and technology tools that
allow creators to publish their works on more
ﬂexible terms than standard copyright.
Terms that allow public sharing, reuse, and
No Rights Reserved Some Rights Reserved All Rights Reserved
Pre-1923 works, Federal
Government Works, etc. Everything from Disney ﬁlms
c to your notes, to most of the
"... Open source licensing has become a widely used method of creative collaboration that
serves to advance the arts and sciences in a manner and at a pace that few could have
imagined just a few decades ago. For example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
uses a Creative Commons public license for an OpenCourseWare project that licenses all
1800 MIT courses. ... There are substantial beneﬁts, including economic beneﬁts, to the
creation and distribution of copyrighted works under public licenses that range far
beyond traditional license royalties.”
Jacobsen v. Katzer, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit – August 18th, 2008,
Case no. 2008-1001
The CC BY license is the easiest way to ensure that your OER will
have the maximum impact possible.
Works can be translated, localized, incorporated into commercial
products, and combined with other educational resources.
Commercial efforts will broaden the access to and impact of any OER
For-proﬁtpublishers may be the only organizations able to only
disseminate the OER into regions that lack network connectivity.
mobile phone companies may bundle the OER in
communications packages that help them to sell phones.
ccLearn recommends imposing restrictions beyond attribution only
when necessary and only when the cost of doing so can be fairly