Open licenses are a central component to Open Educational Resources. Creative Commons licenses are the global standard for open content licenses. CC provides the legal framework for OER. With CC licenses, learners can find and incorporate free materials for reports and presentations; educators can customize textbooks and lesson plans; universities can distribute video lectures to a global audience; and publishers can adapt materials and develop services for an enhanced learning experience.
Here's a nice video done by the Creative Commons team in New Zealand that explains the licenses.
Just as a reminder, all your submissions to the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition must be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. For more information about using third party content in your videos, check out our FAQ question on it.
Licensing information for the video above:
Creative Commons Kiwi by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand (CC BY) license. The video was made with support from InternetNZ and is a project of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Produced by Mohawk Media. The video can be viewed and downloaded from http://creativecommons.org/videos/creative-commons-kiwi.