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Creative Commons and the Public Domain: Remixing Resources

This guide explains how to find scholarly and creative work that can be reused in educational materials, theses, and the like. It also explains how to license one's own work for reuse.


Items licensed CC BY, CC BY SA, CC BY NC, CC BY NC SA, or CC0 all allow for remixing with credit given to the original author. Essentially, if the author will allow derivatives of their work, then you can edit, adapt, and combine these resources to create something new. The following tools may be useful for remixing resources.

Remixing Tools

A Sample Fair Use Remix - Disney Parody

This video is ideal for demonstrating fair use at work (rather than Creative Commons or public domain) but it does show how remixes can effectively convey new ideas by parodying older material.

A Sample Creative Commons Remix

This open textbook was created by a team of faculty members and instructional designers in British Columbia. British Columbia in a Global Context is unique in that it was created during a four-day book sprint. The book includes many public domain and Creative Commons materials borrowed and re-contextualized for use in geography classes in British Columbia.

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