What Is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that works to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in 'the commons' - the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.
The embedded YouTube video explains the different licences. Although the video is produced by New Zealand Creative Commons all the conditions remain the same. To go to the Australian commons replace /nz with /au in the URL.
Most browsers also offer a drop down in the search box toolbar that allows you to search Creative Commons licenced materials.
How Does Creative Commons Work?
Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use legal tools that give everyone from individual creators to major companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to pre-clear copyrights to their creative work. CC licenses let people easily change their copyright terms from the default of 'all rights reserved' to 'some rights reserved.
Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They apply on top of copyright, so you can modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs. Creative Commons have collaborated with intellectual property experts all around the world to ensure that their licenses work globally.
All of their tools are free and can be viewed at Creative Commons Australia.
The Creative Commons site has more information on:
- the history and theory behind Creative Commons
- an explanation of the basic licence protocols and the baseline rights associated with the CC standard licences
- an explanation of the legal concepts, including information on the public domain, the commons, open content and intellectual property conservancies
- things to think about before using a Creative Commons licence
- and an archive of CC press releases.
Creative Commons Australia (CCau) is the Australian derivative project of the international Creative Commons project.
They manage the Australian versions of the Creative Commons licences and conduct research and education activities designed to foster a creative and innovative community in our region. Hosted at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, CCau is devoted to the promotion of Creative Commons in Australia.
Australia is one of over 40 countries world wide who have taken up the Creative Commons project.
Creative Commons research in Australia
CCau is closely associated with two research programs of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) - the Creative Commons Clinic and Open Content Licensing and Creative Commons Model Research. These programs investigate and promote the implementation of Creative Commons and other open content licensing models in Australia.
Updated: 28 March 2012