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Satisfying the Creative Commons Licensing Requirements

The Department of Labor requires all new and modified course materials created with TAACCCT Grant funds to be CC BY licensed. Below you will find guides and resources to help ensure that your TAACCCT grant materials are appropriately attributed using the CC BY license.

How To Implement the CC BY License:

  • Implementing CC Attribution Licenses on Your TAACCCT Content: How-To Guide (6/18/15) [ Webinar ]
  • Adding a CC License to a Learning Management System Course Export  Dowload Word Document Download PDF Document ReadSpeaker Listen
  • Editing the CC BY License field in SkillsCommons  Dowload Word Document Download PDF Document ReadSpeaker Listen

Additional Resources

Purpose of the CC BY License

“The purpose of the CC BY licensing requirement is to ensure that materials developed with funds provided by these grants result in work that can be freely reused and improved by others. We did this because open licensing increases the impact of our investment and helps us to be more strategic with our future investments. From a public policy perspective, the Department is a better steward of public funds by giving the public access to those things created using public funds, and ensuring that these products have as wide spread a use as possible. TAACCCT is a really big investment. But we expect that OER will allow the impact to be even greater than just the 700 colleges with new curricula and equipment that we directly funded.

To ensure that the Federal investment of these funds has as broad an impact as possible and to encourage innovation in the development of new learning materials, as a condition of the receipt of a TAACCCT grant, the grantee will be required to license to the public all work (except for computer software source code, discussed below) created with the support of the grant under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license. Work that must be licensed under the CC BY includes both new content created with the grant funds and modifications made to pre-existing, grantee-owned content using grant funds. This license allows subsequent users to copy, distribute, transmit, and adapt the copyrighted Work and requires such users to attribute the Work in the manner specified by the grantee.

Further, the Department requires that all computer software source code developed or created with TAACCCT funds will be released under an intellectual property license that allows others to use and build upon them. Specifically, the grantee will release all new source code developed or created with TAACCCT grant funds under an open license acceptable to either the Free Software Foundation and/or the Open Source Initiative.

The reuse of TAACCCT materials, even by commercial companies, is a desired outcome from DOL’s perspective. In the TAACCCT program public funds are being used to create educational resources and the aim is to ensure that the public (including companies) has access and rights to use the resources they have funded.

As per the terms of the SGA using other Creative Commons licenses such as CC BY-NC-SA for work that you have authored using grant funds is not allowed.”

— Department of Labor

Creative Commons Video – “Wanna Work Together?”

Watch the Creative Commons “Wanna Work Together?” video and learn how sharing your creativity will enable people anywhere to use it, learn from it, and be inspired by it! This video pays tribute to the people around the world using CC licenses to build a better, more vibrant creative culture.

Accessible version of this video