California’s Community Colleges Shift to Creative Commons Licenses

Hannah Winston, How-to-Geek, Sept 17, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Chronicle reports that "The board that governs California’s 112 community colleges has started requiring that courses, research, and other work paid for by the system chancellor’s office be made available free to all users under Creative Commons “attribution” licenses. While the system will retain the copyright on the materials, other users will be able to take advantage of them as long as the originators are properly credited." Before trhis requirement, the college system kept all rights reserved for itself. "As we move down a pathway forward on distance-learning education, and open education as well, it just made sense," said Barry A. Russell, vice chancellor for academic affairs.

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