So, I’m working on making the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license easier for people to understand as part of my fellowship at CIS. I’d appreciate your thoughts on the following language. Once we get the language right, we’ll be adding visuals.
Educators are sharers by nature – the very essence of teaching is sharing what we know with others. And while none of us has the time to work with as many students as we wish we could, the Internet affords us an incredible opportunity to share our educational materials with as many people as are interested.
As the creators of textbooks, lecture notes, and other materials, many educators are interested in their rights with regard to those materials. Worries that we might somehow be throwing away our copyright or the opportunity to commercialize our work keep some of us from sharing. Concerns about other people misappropriating our materials prevent some of us from sharing. And the thought of seeing our efforts distributed and used without attribution stops some of us from sharing. There are many reasons why we, as educators, may hesitate to freely and openly share our educational materials with as many people as possible â€“ even though we wish we could.
So, is there something that can help you share?
The Creative Commons project at Stanford Law School has proposed one solution to the worries many educators have about sharing their materials. Creative Commons has created a license that educators can use to share their educational materials. The license controls the ways your materials can be used as follows:
- Commercial Use Is Prohibited â€“ Only individuals, nonprofit schools, nonprofit libraries, and other nonprofit groups are permitted to use your materials. They have to use the materials in not for profit ways – you retain the rights to profit from your work.
- Citation Is Required â€“ Anyone who uses your material must reference you as the author of the material.
- Adaptation Is Encouraged and Sharing Is Required â€“ Anyone who uses your material is permitted to translate, modify, and adjust the materials for their classroom context (or other permissible context). If modifications are shared, these modified materials must be shared back to you and others under the terms of this Creative Commons License.