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Thank you Wayne for the heads up. I had not seen the new UNESCO OER logo.

It's a very nice logo, but I agree - it is critical to remove ND from the logo that is supposed to globally signify OER. 

OER are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. 

ND (no derivatives) simply does not work for OER.

Users must have free (no-cost) access to the OER and free (as in “freedom”) permission to engage in the “4R” activities when using OER, including:

  • Revise: adapt and improve the OER so it better meets your needs
  • Reuse: use the original or your new version of the OER in a wide range of contexts
  • Remix: combine or “mashup” the OER with other OER to produce new materials
  • Redistribute: make copies and share the original OER or your new version with others

The ND license condition does not allow: revise or remix.

UNESCO – please change the license from CC BY ND… to either CC BY … or CC BY SA… so we can all use it.

Warmest regards,


Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning



To be clear, the license only applies to the logo... not to any creative works on which the logo resides.


I think the license on the logo – intended to be the global logo for OER - is important because it sets the tone.

If the OER logo is licensed with ND, I think we're collectively sending a bad signal to new (and existing) open community members.  A new open community member might look at the OER logo and think "they used BY ND - maybe I should use that same license on my open textbook, my open course, etc.”

If the open community wants the most permissive licenses used on OER, so downstream users can revise and remix open educational resources, the OER logo should lead by example. Again, it sets the tone.

I recommend the OER logo be licensed with CC BY, CC BY SA or put it in the public domain with CCO.


Respectfully submitted for discussion,


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Hi Cable,

I agree with your point about the importance and significance to set an example and tone for a logo which aims to communicates the values and principles of the OER movement .


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