16 Licensing Your Work


Choose carefully and consider that: 

  • Licenses are a legal agreement that cannot be changed.
  • Licenses apply until the copyright expires.
  • You must own the copyright to the work.

Carefully consider these questions when selecting a license:

  • What are your reasons for sharing?
  • How do you want others to use your work?
  • Do you want to allow others to create adaptations?

Use the Creative Common License Chooser or the flowchart below to help decide which license is best for your project’s goals.

Flowchatt to help with CC license selection
UTSA Libraries’ “Which Creative Commons License is Right for Me?”, licensed CC BY 4.0
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, is a derivative of Creative Commons Australia’s “Which Creative Commons Licence is
right for me?” fact sheet https://creativecommons.org.au, licensed CC BY 2.5 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/au/.
The content was adapted and updated from Creative Commons Australia https://creativecommons.org.au for the UTSA community and to reflect current CC licenses. This flowchart does not constitute legal advice or counsel.















Applying a License

Keep the user in mind:

  • Make the license clear and visible.
  • Make it easy for the user to understand.
  • Avoid contradictory terms.
  • Use the CC License Chooser to generate code for your website.


This chapter “Licensing Your Work” is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License and is a derivative of the September 2020 Creative Commons Certificate Course by Creative Commons, also licensed CC BY 4.0. DeeAnn Ivie adapted content from the Creative Commons Certificate Course adding it to the “Licensing Your Work” chapter in the OER Toolkit: For UTSA Faculty, Instructional Designers & Librarians.  

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