Creative Commons

What is CC?

Creative Commons is a licensing system that provides tools for creators to give permission for others to use their work. CC licenses tell users how they can attribute, share, and/or use the materials. For a quick overview, check out this presentation on Creative Commons, the 5Rs, and OER: The Shortest Possible Introduction by David Wiley of Lumen Learning.

CC Licenses

Learn more about Creative Commons and explore FAQ about the licensing system.



Refer to CC’s best practices for attribution and Open Washington’s Open Attribution Builder to ensure proper attribution when using CC-licensed materials.

CC License Compatibility Chart (created by Kennisland)

Chart that compares the compatability of different license components.

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