To help reduce our copyright costs and the risk of infringement, where possible:
What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organisation that provides 6 different licences to authors and creators of work to enable flexibility in the way they share their work. Works can be:
Creative Commons licensed works will usually have a label attached similar to the one shown below:
For an explanation of the different Creative Commons licences, visit What is Creative Commons? (Smartcopying). When searching for multi-media content, it is recommended that you use Creative Commons content where possible.
Finding Creative Commons content
Use the following site to find Creative Commons content: Creative Commons Search
Our educational licence allows us to copy content for educational purposes. However, there are limits to how much can be copied. The licence allows us to copy:
Open education resources are teaching, learning and research materials that are in the public domain and include materials such as worksheets, simulations, lesson plans and tests. There are a number of advantages in using these types of resources:
Smartcopying provides a list of recommended repositories of Open Education Resources