Creative Commons plugin for MS Office
By Michael Nieckoski
Creative Commons Licensing is an essential part of Open Education. According to the Creative Commons website:
“The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools... give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. The combination of our tools and our users is a vast and growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law.”
By placing their work under a Creative Commons Licence, students and professors participate in a growing digital commons and invite others to share, use, transform, and remix their work.
The Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft enables you or your students to embed Creative Commons licenses directly into Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents. It creates a menu item in the Office application and you can create different licenses, depending your needs. To apply a license to a document, spreadsheet or presentation, just go to the Creative Commons menu, then pull down the license that you’d like to affix to the document.
Download the version of the add-in for your version of Office. The download, along with full instructions for downloading, can be found here.
Close out of all Microsoft software (including Outlook), and install the add-in. (Note that you must have administrator access to your computer to install this add-in.)
When you have downloaded the add-in, you can start licensing! The add-in creates a new tab in the Microsoft Office Ribbon. Note that the document cannot be in “compatibility mode.”
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0.