OERs are not copyright-free. Instead, they are available for use under Creative Commons or similar open licenses. These licenses grant permission to Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix, and Redistribute resources.
There are six creative commons licenses:
These licenses are comprised of a combination of four features:
BY = Attribution
You may distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work but must credit the author
NC = Non-Commercial
You may only use the work for non-commercial purposes
SA = Share-Alike
You must license your revised or remixed work under the identical terms
ND = No Derivatives
You are free to use and distribute the work but may not revise or remix it
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