Creative Commons (CC) is one of the major providers of standard licenses for copyright holders who want to allow certain kinds of reuse of their content. The Libraries makes it easy for OSU faculty, staff, and students to apply CC licenses to their content archived in the Knowledge Bank, or published through the publishing program, and our own faculty and staff make use of CC-licensed materials in our writings, presentations, and classes.
If you want to learn more about CC licensing, I suggest checking out their recently released report, “The Future of Creative Commons,” linked above. It does a nice job summarizing why and how Creative Commons works, and provides a glimpse into the organization’s future. There is also a wealth of information and resources available through the main Creative Commons website, including videos, FAQs, more detailed background information, and a tool for searching CC-licensed content.