Copyright is old! A lot of rules that make sense for physical materials don’t make sense for the internet. Putting something on a website might feel like sharing it openly, but it doesn’t give other people the right to distribute or reuse it. People can contact creators for permission to reuse, but it means more effort for everyone.
Enter Creative Commons. Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization that maintains a set of user- and creator-friendly copyright licenses that you can attach to your work to communicate how it can be used and distributed by others.
There are many different options, but any CC license gives permission to distribute the work as long as you credit the author. This means resources that you or others create can be borrowed or even adapted to local contexts. It also means that your work gets shared and cited as widely as possible.
Share on a website, social media, at a conference, or in a repository like HARVEST with a CC license, all while following copyright law!
CC license examples
Here is a version of this license that you can copy and adapt for you own work:
We recommend using the CC license tool to add information about who created the work to make it easy for others to credit you. Below is an example of the CC license for this guide:
“Creative Commons Quick Start Guide” by Emily Hopkins and Kate Langrell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License