Creative Commons licenses
To re-use material safely look for Creative Commons licences
Use Creative Commons to licence your work in the way that you want
Look out for public domain licences
With growing internet use, and copyright becoming more complex, there is a growing movement to encourage producers of materials to use licences which clearly show end users what they can and cannot do with materials. This practice encourages sharing and collaboration, and provides clarity.
Creative Commons symbols
When you are searching for materials on the internet you may see symbols like the one below.
Have you ever seen one or wondered what they are?
These are Creative Commons licences. They make clear to end users of this information what they can and cannot do with the materials.
This particular licence indicates that you can re-use the information as long as you give correct attribution and do not use it for commercial purposes.
These are becoming more and more prominent on the internet. You will also start to notice them on some journal articles as you do more research.
A Creative Commons licence gives creators control over how they licence their work, while still allowing other people to use it. This has a number of benefits. For example, a creator who has used an open license can see their work go viral while retaining their original rights.
For information users, a Creative Commons licence provides clarity on what you can and cannot do with materials. You must abide by the licence conditions, but, very often, you will find the creators of CC-licensed materials are approachable and will extend permissions on request.
Understanding a Creative Commons licence
There are 4 elements to a Creative Commons licence. They can be combined in any way the creator chooses. For an explanation and what this means for you, take a look at this video: Creative Commons Kiwi.
Finding material that has been licensed with Creative Commons
There are several ways to find Creative Commons licensed material but we recommend using the Creative Commons search.
Remember: It may have been openly licensed but don’t forget your academic integrity. Make sure you attribute the material, citing and referencing appropriately.