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Choose your license [Nov. 20, 2012, 2:03 p.m.]

In this task we will take a look at the Creative Commons licenses and how they can help you to open up your data. If you are interested in learning even more about Creative Commons, we suggest you take the 'Get CC savvy'-course.


Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

The idea of universal access to research, education, and culture is made possible by the Internet, but our legal and social systems don’t always allow that idea to be realized. Copyright was created long before the emergence of the Internet, and can make it hard to legally perform actions we take for granted on the network: copy, paste, edit source, and post to the Web. The default setting of copyright law requires all of these actions to have explicit permission, granted in advance, whether you’re an artist, teacher, scientist, librarian, policymaker, or just a regular user. To achieve the vision of universal access, someone needed to provide a free, public, and standardized infrastructure that creates a balance between the reality of the Internet and the reality of copyright laws. That someone is Creative Commons.

Creative Commons developed easy-to-use copyright licenses to provide creators a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use their 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.”Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.