Refresher – Open Licences

As an open-content user, it’s important to develop an understanding of the Creative commons (CC) licences to support your search for resources to use, share, adapt and remix.

What are Creative Commons Licences?

For a quick review of the six different CC licences, you have two choices. You can watch the short, two-minute video below, or you can scroll down below the video to read through an infographic.

For an overview of Creative Commons licences, watch this short, two-minute video produced the University of Guelph.


What are Creative Commons Licenses? by U of G Library is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Transcript – What are Creative Commons Licenses?



Read through the infographic below to learn more about Creative Commons licences.

Creative Commons Licenses Explained. See long description for more details.

Creative Commons Licenses Explained by eCampusOntario is shared under a CC BY 4.0 International license.

Accessible infographic


Generally, CC licences are easy to find when you search for resources in an OER repository. However, sometimes the licences are not as obvious on resources you find on the open web (blogs, websites, videos, etc). The following two-minute video will help you find and interpret open licences associated with blogs, websites and videos.



For a deeper dive into licences, check out this valuable resource:


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Check Your Knowledge

Play this matching game if you want to see if you remember what the different CC licences mean. (CC BY NC SA)


Open Education Challenge Series by Tannis Morgan and Leva Lee at BCcampus is licensed under CC BY 4.0.


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Extending Into the Open Copyright © 2022 by Paula Demacio; Alissa Bigelow; Tricia Bonner; and Shauna Roch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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