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"Human nature is not a machine to be built after a model, and set to do exactly the work prescribed for it, but a tree which requires to grow and develop itself on all sides, according to the tendency of the inward forces which make it a living thing.

Such are the differences among human beings in their sources of pleasure, their susceptibilities of pain, and the operation on them of different physical and moral agencies, that unless there is a corresponding diversity in their modes of life, they neither obtain their fair share of happiness, nor grow up to the mental, moral, and aesthetic stature of which their nature is capable."

John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

What is Creative Commons?

The Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others legally to build upon and share. It enables copyright holders to grant some of their rights to the public while retaining others through a variety of licensing and contract schemes including dedication to the public domain or open content licensing terms. The intention is to avoid the problems current copyright laws create for the sharing of information.

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Ideas for Educators

  • Students can use CC Licenced materials in presentations and other products.
  • Educators can license student generated materials through CC.
  • CC encourages collaboration and sharing through the Share and Share a like component of some licenses.


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More Videos and Comics explaining the Concept of CC

General Resources

The Wealth of Networks by Yochai Benkler

Creative Commons:A New Tool for Schools by Howard Pitler

Creative Commons in K-12 Education by Wesley Fryer

Creative Commons in Education Mark Wagner

A Comic Book Explaining Creative Commons

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