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7 things you should know about Creative Commons

Creative Commons is an alternative to traditional copyright, developed by a nonprofit organization of the same name. By default, most original works are protected by copyright, which confers specific rights regarding use and distribution. Creative Commons allows copyright owners to release some of those rights while retaining others, with the goal of increasing access to and sharing of intellectual property.

The 7 things you should know about... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning practices and technologies. Each brief focuses on a single practice or technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use 7 things you should know about... briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.

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Author:EDUCAUSE
Release Date: March 15, 2007
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