An alternative to using copyrighted material is using works available through Creative Commons. Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that allows creators to share their works, often under certain conditions. Creative Commons provides six different licenses that provide various levels of permissions on the use and copying of works. The Creative Commons website explains what type of conditions are applied to the work by the different licenses. Information on Creative Commons can be found in the Creative Commons Resources box to the left
If using photographic material, major sites such as Google Images and Flickr have advanced searches that allow you to limit your search terms to items with Creative Commons licenses. The Canvas LMS also has the capability of finding images on Flickr Creative Commons when inserting an image on a page.
Attribution - This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation.
Attribution-ShareAlike - This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
Attribution-NonCommercial - This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially; new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, but they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike - This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs - This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you; works cannot be changed or used commercially
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