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Open Educational Resources: Copyright & Creative Commons

Overview of Creative Commons

"Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs."

Source: Creative Commons. (n.d.) What we do.

Source: What is creative commons? (2017, February 27). [Video]. Wikimedia Foundation. YouTube.

Types of Creative Commons Licenses

Below are descriptions of the different licenses available under Creative Commons. For a detailed description of each, hover your mouse over the "i" icon, or click on the link.

Source: About the licenses (n.d.) Creative Commons.

License Types

Source: Gong, R. (2020) "Types of Licenses", Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER). Lansing Community College Library.

What is a Copyright? (Via Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)

"You have questions about the Copyright Act or how to register a copyright? Watch this video to find out more about copyright in Canada, the types of works that copyright can protect, and the duration of the protection. Learn more at"

Source: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (2016, September 7) What is a copyright? [Video]. YouTube.

Source: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (2016, September 7) What is a copyright? [Video]. YouTube.

Copyright @ Loyalist

What is Copyright?
Copyright in Canada is governed by the Copyright Act (R.S.C. 1985, c. C-42). The Act regulates the use and reproduction of intellectual and artistic creations. Copyright protects works from being copied, performed, or distributed without the express permission of the copyright holder. 

Copyright automatically applies to original works, such as books, videos, music, paintings, photographs, digital works, broadcasts, and performances. Copyright does not apply to facts or ideas that are not fixed (produced onto any type of media). Permission must be granted and royalties may need to be paid in order to reproduce copyrighted material. Permission must be requested for each use, unless specifically stated otherwise. 

Source: Lee, V. (2019). "Copyright: The Basics", Library Research Guide on Copyright. Loyalist Collge.

The Loyalist College Library has a Copyright Specialist on staff to assist with faculty, staff, and student questions about copyright and creative commons. If you have questions, we invite you to explore our Copyright Guide, or to contact Vanessa Lee, at Ext. 2317. 

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