The terms "open content" and "open educational resources" describe any copyrightable work (traditionally excluding software, which is described by other terms like "open source") that is licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:
It is crucial to note the distinction between "Free" and "Open"; without the 5 R's, free content is not actually open. "Fauxpen" materials can include library materials, some rights reserved materials, and other content that feels open but is not.
This material is based on original writing by David Wiley, which was published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at http://opencontent.org/definition/.
There are a number of ways that a material can become open; two of the most common are the public domain and Creative Commons licenses. Materials in the public domain are out from under the protection of copyright and can be used with impunity, but can be difficult to find. Creative Commons licenses, on the other hand, are a voluntary method for a content creator to bypass traditional copyright and to grant greater privileges to those wishing to use their work.
Choosing a Creative Commons license for your own original works will allow others share, use, and remix following your work. The Creative Commons organization lists the following considerations when choosing a Creative Commons license. Read more
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