CC BY: CC why?

by Nicki Clarkson.

Creative Commons

This post is closely linked to the piece on Open Access written by my colleague, Kate, last week.

As you may know, Open Access refers to making research publications (commonly journal articles) free to all readers at the point of use. This relatively new movement is a change from the old model where research was funded (often by the government via the research councils in the UK) then the findings were published in a journal that was then only available to those individuals or institutions that had a subscription to that journal.

Even better, as well as providing free access to the text of research publications, Open Access also helps remove permissions barriers (licensing restrictions), allowing work to be easily reused and modified.

A common way for copyright holders to explicitly state the permissions they have set for a piece of work is to use a Creative Commons licence. The most liberal of the 6 Creative Commons licences is CC BY, also known as an attribution licence, which “lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation”.

We are pleased to announce that the University of Southampton Library blog now has a CC BY licence (displayed at the bottom of each page) so you are welcome to reuse any portion of any of our posts!

You may find Creative Commons licences useful if you want to reuse photos from Flickr, in a presentation for example.  If you use the Flickr Advanced Search option and scroll down the page, you can limit results to those images with a CC licence…such as this image, for example:

Creative Commons

Photo by Skley on Flickr

One response to “CC BY: CC why?

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