Monday, September 19, 2011

Creative Commons: Enhance access to your teaching and research documents

Copyright protection is automatically applied to any work you create, even if you have not included a © symbol. This is a fundamental principle of Australian Copyright Law. This means that the work cannot be reused without your permission, except for narrow and specific exceptions such as ‘for the purposes of research or study’.

BUT . . .

You may wish your work to be used more broadly, without you needing to give permission for each use. Examples of works could be a website, music, film, photograph, written document or presentation. Adding a Creative Commons (CC) licence to your work provides an explicit statement of how you agree that your work may be used. Licences you can assign (including combinations of these options) are:

Attribution: applies to every CC work; the original creator(s) must be credited and the source linked using a citation that you specify.

Non-commercial Use: allows others to copy, distribute, display or perform the work, but only for non-commercial purposes.

No Derivatives: lets others distribute, display or perform only verbatim copies of the work, they may not adapt or change the work in any way.

Share Alike: allows others to remix, adapt and build on the work, but only if they distribute the derivative works under the same the licence terms that govern the original work.

Creating a CC Licence is easy – just complete this form.

The following are examples of symbols indicating that a work has a Creative Commons licence.

Attribution Creative Commons Licence      NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons Licence

To search for works with a CC licence go to Creative Commons Search, or do a Google Advanced search and select one of the Usage Rights options.

For more information go to the Creative Commons Australia website, or contact Jackie Wolstenholme, the Research Services Librarian.

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