In the midst of putting together some resources for an Online Issues Forum presentation, I thought it would be interesting to discuss the elements of a Creative Commons license, so people would have a better idea of what the symbols mean and what they can do with those resources. This page on the Creative Commons site is called “Meet the Licenses” and explains each of the combination of license provisions. For example, the little person means that you need to give credit to the person who created the orginal media. The dollar sign crossed out means that the media can only be used for noncommercial purposes. So is an educational institution noncommercial? I found out that the noncommercial provision is being studied now and new guidelines will be released in 2009. The old draft guidelines say that nonprofit educational institutions fall within noncommercial use. However, if you modify the content and keep it behind a password, you may be violating other provisions, such as the “share alike” requirement (that’s the little circular arrow icon.