Open Content Licensing: Creative Commons
One of the main focuses of OER lies in using, adapting and sharing resources. Copyright restrictions would negate the whole model. The four main legal issues associated with creating and making OER are copyright issues, ownership, intellectual property rights, and permission for use. Many resources may be context-bound due to copyright issues in such a way that it is not possible to adapt the source to local prerequisites. Without the permission of the copyright holder, it is strictly prohibited to copy, reproduce or change resources. How can academics make informed and purposeful decisions about licensing their work openly? The assumption being you own the copyright in your own work, and wish to confer permission for its use.