Creative Commons licenses are the complex legal machinery underlying and supporting large parts of the modern open movement against the prevailing assumptions and implications of intellectual property law. But in the same way I can rely upon my car to get me where I need to go even though I have very little idea of how an internal combustion engine works, OER adopters, adapters, and creators can use CC licenses without getting an advanced degree in IP law. Still, if you use a car, you ought to fill it with gas, change the oil, and operate it in a safe and respectful manner. Likewise, a little general knowledge of the legal machine will help OER practitioners easily use CC licenses when and where needed, with confidence and competence.
Presenter Jonathan Poritz has been involved in the open education movement for a decade, writing three OER textbooks and serving on the Colorado OER Council. In his spare time, he teaches the Creative Commons Certificate course and writes snarky articles about the over-hyping of blockchains. Much more information about him, including (almost) everything he’s written, (almost) all of it released under an open license, can be found at https://poritz.net/jonathan.