Creative Commons

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Creative Commons provide an increasingly popular form of open licensing options. From CreativeCommons.org:

Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved".

Share, reuse, and remix — legally[edit]

This unit is here to explore Creative Commons licensing and its implications for academic and educational use. Copyright (or copyleft) aspects apply to many activities such as original research, composition, photography, cartography, musical works and many other endeavors that need to be "protected" in some way. We shall use this resource to explore and discuss the various types and kinds of CC licenses and research and compare them with other copyright and copyleft devices. We may also explore the technical and social ramifications of the introduction of the Commons mindset to the Internet world.

Explanations of the licenses[edit]


Current Wikiversity license(s)[edit]

Wikiversity now uses the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license which is very similar to the GFDL. Both licenses allow re-use of a work as long as attribution is given to the the original author(s) and as long as derivative works are also licensed copyleft.

Reasons for switching from the GFDL to a CC license[edit]

The Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license is better suited for wikis; the GFDL was designed for software manuals. Furthermore, you can use CC-BY-SA works as part of other works with various licenses; you cannot do the same thing with GFDL works.

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