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Copyright Resources for Faculty: Creative Commons

Creative Commons Definition

Creative Commons Licenses allow creators to decide how their work can be used and reused. At its most permissive, creators place their work into the public domain, allowing anyone to use and edit their content. The most restrictive licenses allow only for resizing.


See the table below for brief explanations of different CC licenses, as well as recommended use in Canvas courses.

CC Table

Table created by Ryan Murray and used with permission.

Image Sources

Below are several websites that offer images in the public domain or with creative commons licenses. Be sure to check which license is attached to the image, to determine how you might use it.