Now that you have found CC materials that you would like to use, you need to do two important things:
One of the first things that you should do is to make sure that you have enough information that you can provide proper attribution when you use the item. Remember all CC Licensed materials require attribution be given to the creator. The best practice for attribution is to apply the TASL approach. For more information on proper attribution, check out this page in the Creative Commons Wiki.
Let's say we want to use this photo found in Flickr for our new course packet that we are creating on cats:
Beneath the photograph in Flickr, we see the following information:
From looking at the information above, we can find the name of the person who took the photo, the date, the source (in this case Flickr and we have the URL to link back to the source), and we have the license (which shows up as "Some rights reserved").
Note that this is an Older version of a CC License, but that does not mean that it has expired or that it no longer applies. The License Version Number simply represents when that particular version was written. CC improves its licenses through the process of versioning (that is updating the legal code) and while there may be slight differences, the different versions are largely the same. The latest version is Version 4.0 published in 2013.
So we have enough information to make sure we can properly attribute the source of the photo that we want to use in our course packet. The attribution would look like this in our course packet:
Next, you need to make sure you are using the work properly. In other words, you need to know what the Creative Commons License allows you to do. So getting back to the License under the photo, we learn that:
Therefore, we are free to use the photo in our class packet as long as we properly attribute the photo.
Remember to always check each item that you are reusing to ensure that you are following the proper license. Our page on Creative Commons Licenses explains each one. For more information, check out the Creative Commons page at https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/licensing-types-examples/licensing-examples/