Creative Commons in a Nutshell
Creative Commons (cc) is a not-for-profit organization that has developed a series of licenses for use by authors, artists, students and other creators who want to share their work more freely than traditional copyright law allows. According to their web site, Creative Commons licenses "provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of 'all rights reserved' to 'some rights reserved.' "
There are six different Creative Commons licenses to choose from. All CC licenses share one condition -- attribution to the original creator and source -- but beyond that the licenses differ according to the wishes of the copyright owner:
- Whether the copyright owner wants to allow new users to modify the original work;
- Whether the copyright owner wants to allow others to use the original work for commercial purposes;
- Whether the copyright owner wants to require that others who modify the original work make the resulting new work accessible in the same manner as the original.
A full explanation of each CC License, along with its graphic representation, is provided on the Creative Commons website.
Steps to Licensing Your Repository submission via Creative Commons
- Decide what type of Creative Commons (CC) license you wish to associate with your work. If you aren't sure, you may want to consult the CC guide "Choose a License " which reviews the types of licenses available and what your options are.
- Decided on a license? Then you are ready to generate the license (both the human readable version and the machine readable one) to attach to your work. There are a couple of different options for generating a CC license
- Use the CC License Add-in for Microsoft Office (NOTE: You will need to download and install this on your computer so that your copy of Word, Powerpoint, or other Office program sees the CC License plug in when it launches)
- Generate the license on the Creative Commons website and then use copy and paste to insert it into your document or file
- Save your file and prepare to submit it to the Texas A&M Digital Repository.
- Start a new submission to the Digital Repository. Step six of the 'item Submission' process presents the option to indicate that a Creative Commons license is attached to your work.