Creative Commons Licenses

Overview of Creative Commons licenses.


"Charcuterie - Society 1854 - Omaha, NE" by vwcampin is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Blending different components on a charcuterie in a blender or in one recipe is not only unappetizing, but it violates the definition of what a collection is and what the final result should be: an anthology of different food types kept together in their original and respective units.

Individual items on a charcuterie board can also be likened to license types that should not be re-mixed or combined due to license incompatibility.

What does an organizer of a collection hold copyright to?

Only the copyright to the sequencing of the individual sources within the collection and to any individual contributions that they made to bring the sources together into a collection of units.

Going back to our charcuterie board example, a chef or home chef can take credit for the selection and organization of the individual savory and sweet items, as well as the display of the food items (which could be very creative!) and even for the handmade board itself, if they made it.

However they should not lay claim to making the cheese or the sausage since it was purchased. However, they do hold copyright to the jam if they made it themselves from scratch because it is their own unique contribution to the collection.


Unlike our charcuterie board example, an adaptation/remix is like a recipe where we use different discrete works: eggs, whipping cream, sugar, chocolate, salt, and a unique cooking method in order to create a new recipe: Sous Vide Pots du Creme.

"Chocolate" by John Loo is licensed under CC BY 2.0

"Eggs" by John Loo is licensed under CC BY 2.0

DeeAnn Ivie, Sous Vide Pots Du Creme, CC BY 4.0.


Regarding open educational resources, Lumen Learning courses are great examples of adaptations where a mixture of open-licensed, copyrighted, and Public Domain content are combined to create a new work. While Lumen does provide footnotes at the of each page to indicate from which sources they drew in order to create the content on each page, it's not always completely clear by looking closely at a paragraph or a sentence which source the material was from originally.

"OER is sharing" by giulia.forsythe is marked with CC0 1.0

Attributions & License

Creative Commons License
This work "Creative Commons Licenses" is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License and is a derivative of the September 2020 Creative Commons Certificate Course by Creative Commons, also licensed CC BY 4.0. DeeAnn Ivie adapted content from the Creative Commons Certificate Course adding it to the "Creative Commons Licenses" Libguide.