What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons provides a way to licence the use of material you create and share. Using a simple formula it allows creators to build a license which suits their needs and authorise the appropriate use of their work. For example if you produce an artwork and upload it online you might want to specify that people can use it in their own work as long as they give you credit. You can also specify that you don’t want others to make a profit from your work.
A simple explanation of how Creative Commons licences work can be found in this video:
Why should I use Creative Commons licences?
Using an open licence such as Creative Commons allows researchers to get more exposure for their work whilst maintaining control over its use. This helps the spread of information and the creation of new knowledge. Using a licence also means that other people know how to use your work in an appropriate way without infringing copyright.
Creative Commons licenses
Know Your Rights: Understanding CC Licences - via Creative Commons Australia
Information about how to mark your work (such as an article or discussion paper) with a Creative Commons licence can be found here.
Creative Commons logos can be downloaded here.