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Creative Commons License for College Intellectual Property Procedure - 40.02.04

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Howard Community College (HCC) encourages the development and dissemination of new knowledge and intellectual property by faculty and staff, as described in the college policy 40.02, Intellectual Property.  Intellectual property is the scholarship and creative work developed by a faculty or staff member, the HCC creator, which is captured in a tangible medium and thus copyrighted.

A Creative Commons (CC) license enables the creators of copyrighted work to grant permission to others for access and use of college intellectual property.  A CC license helps creators retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work.  Therefore, HCC creators are encouraged to add a CC license to any HCC content distributed to the larger public via the college’s website, with the exception of works that are subject to an intellectual property agreement between the HCC creator and the college.  The Creative Commons License for College Intellectual Property procedure does not apply to works that are subject to an intellectual property agreement between the HCC creator and the college.

There are several CC licenses from which to choose.   Creators should use the most appropriate license for their particular work. Among the different options, the CC-By license is recommended for maximum dissemination and use of HCC material.  The CC-By license lets others distribute, alter, modify, and build upon copyrighted work, even commercially, as long as they credit the college for the original creation.   For assistance choosing and using a CC license, contact the HCC director of the library.

Effective Date: 12/14/18

President's Office Use:  VPAA/VPAF

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