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Theology & Religion: Open Sources: Creative Commons and Copyright

The subject guide aims to provide access to a variety of quality open access content and open educational resources

Creative Commons Explained

Creative Commons (CC) is an American non-profit organization and international network devoted to educational access and expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.[3] The organization has released several copyright-licenses, known as Creative Commons licenses, free of charge to the public. These licenses allow authors of creative works to communicate which rights they reserve and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators. An easy-to-understand one-page explanation of rights, with associated visual symbols, explains the specifics of each Creative Commons license. Creative Commons licenses do not replace copyright, but are based upon it. They replace individual negotiations for specific rights between copyright owner (licensor) and licensee, which are necessary under an "all rights reserved" copyright management, with a "some rights reserved" management employing standardized licenses for re-use cases where no commercial compensation is sought by the copyright owner. The result is an agile, low-overhead, and low-cost copyright-management regime, benefiting both copyright owners and licensees.(Source: Wikipedia)

The range of licences from the most open to the most restricted.


Image Credit: Dr Cable Green 

Copyright and Licensing

The use of Open Educational resources (OER) shared in this subject guide is subject to the terms and conditions of use provided by the generators of content beyond the provisions of Fair dealing outlined in section 12 of the South African Copyright Act No 98 of 1978 (as amended).

SA Copyright Act No. 98 of 1978 (as amended)

South Africa: Copyright Regulations, No. 6252 of December 22, 1978

Copyright Legislation and Treaties

Plagiarism Prevention Policy

Copyright procedures & guidelines at University of Pretoria, Department of Library Services.