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Choose a License

How to choose from the different Licenses

Available Licenses

SOL*R provides a set of licenses that remove the barriers to letting others reuse your learning resource, while protecting your intellectual property rights. You have two options for licensing a resource prior to contributing it to SOL*R:

  • The Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Canada License
    (an open license that allows global sharing)
  • The BC Commons license
    (an adaptation of the Creative Commons model that is unique to BCcampus and allows local sharing).

If you know which license you require, proceed directly to the BC Commons License Generator service . The generator service can generate both licenses.

Common Characteristics

Both the Creative Commons license and the BC Commons license:

  • Maintain the original developer? intellectual property rights
  • Require appropriate attribution be provided to the original developer
  • Allow an online learning resource to be reused free of charge
  • Allow the original learning resource to be copied, distributed, and modified
  • Require derivative works be shared back
  • Allow immediate reuse of learning resources without having to go through a lengthy permission seeking process.

Key Differences

Access and Reuse

The main distinction between the SOL*R licensing options is that the Creative Commons provides world-wide access to and reuse of a learning resource, whereas the BC Commons only allows educators within BC? public post-secondary education system to access and reuse a resource.

3rd Party Copyrighted Material

Creative Commons licensed learning resources can only include third party copyrighted materials if the third party content is also released under a Creative Commons license.
BC Commons licensed learning resources can only contain third party copyrighted materials if third party intellectual property rights have been cleared. This involves:

  • Clearing copyright for your own use.
  • Clearing copyright for display within the SOL*R repository.
  • Clearly noting within your content which sections are under a third party license that requires clearance before reuse.

Commercial Reuse

The Creative Commons license explicitly allows commercial reuse of a learning resource.
The BC Commons license allows commercial reuse of a learning resource within BC? public post-secondary education system in specific situations (i.e., only as part of an institution? publicly offered credit or non-credit course or program). The originator of a learning resource retains commercialization potential outside of BC.

For More Information on Licensing

Follow the links below to see a license summary or a full license.

Also see the BC Commons web page on the BCcampus website.
Please contact the SOL*R Support Team if you require further assistance with licensing.