Creative Commons

Related pages: Copyright, Publishing research

Creative Commons (CC) is an organisation that helps authors (or creators) share their work by providing a range of copyright licences.

Lincoln University’s Open Access Policy encourages copyright owners to apply a Creative Commons licence to their output to determine how material may be used, reused or repurposed.

Offering your work under a Creative Commons licence does not mean giving up your copyright. A licence helps you retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of your work, in a non-commercial environment. A Creative Commons licence also ensures that you get the credit for your work.

From Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ you can find information about:

  • types of licences available for to choose from
  • frequently asked questions…

You may also like to view the te reo Māori version of CC licences.

Third Party Copyright and CC licences

If you have included another person’s copyright work, such as an image, in your work (e.g. thesis, research paper) and you are ‘publishing’ your work online (e.g. Lincoln University Research Archive) you may want to consider using items that have a Creative Commons Licence attached:

  • Images in Wikipedia usually have clear copyright statements that may include a CC licence – click on an image in Wikipedia to determine copyright options.
  • Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ Collections – helps you find CC images