This section describes the role that Creative Commons plays in providing a legal framework for creators of content to specify conditions under which their work can be used, reused, revised or redistributed.
The "4Rs of openness"
With increasing digitization, more and more educational resources can be made available for self-study, as the MIT OpenCourseware initiative has demonstrated. But, not only are educators interested in using and reusing exemplary curriculum materials, many are also interested in remixing and redistributing curriculum materials created for one educational context in another, or in another language.
David Wiley has proposed a framework for thinking about reuse that he calls the 4Rs of openness. Its core principles are:
These four principles can be put into practice through the licensing provisions of Creative Commons.
With Creative Commons (CC), creators of original works can allow their work to be reused under specified conditions. The licenses can have any of the four conditions applied.
Activity: Explore Creative Commons licenses
The 4 conditions of reuse specified by the Creative Commons framework allow the use of 6 different licenses.
Explore the CC licenses --> http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses/
Explore the Creative Commons license generator to understand how to apply licenses to your own work.
Make sure to check whether there is a CC license that fits the legal system in your country.
Wiley, D. (2009). Definining "open." Available: http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/1123