The learning environment in the 21st Century is being transformed from teacher-centric practices to learner-centric practices. Learners are supposed to be engaged more now than at any time before. Institutions started to use Learning Management Systems (LMS) and many other media/platforms for sharing resources, engaging the learners, assessing the learners’ performances both in classrooms as well as from distance. As a result, digital resources are becoming more and more popular in teaching-learning practices all over the world. Therefore, copyright and open licenses have drawn attention while using and sharing digital educational resources. Educational Objectives: 1) To understand about copyright and why does it matter in teaching and research; 2) To focus on openness and philosophy behind open licenses and public domain tools; and 3) To discuss why are copyright and open licenses critical in the 21st-century learning environment.