Creative Commons is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 by thought leaders, education experts, technologists, legal scholars, investors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other nifty folks.
Why were Creative Commons licenses created?
Creative Commons licenses run the gamut from 100% latitude in what users can do with an item, to highly restrictive licenses, as shown below.
Creative Commons licensing help chart from Foter.(CC BY-SA 3.0)
The licenses below and their descriptions come from the About the Licenses page of Creative Commons. Consider assigning a CC0 or CC BY license to the materials you create to assure the greatest shareability worldwide.
Knowing what each license represents will also assist you when adopting OER since you'll know exactly how you can use the material.
From the Lansing Community College (LCC) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) by Regina Gong, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.