One way to increase your work’s impact is to give others the right to share, use, and build upon a work you have created. Publishing under a Creative Commons license allows you to do that.
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that “enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools”. Their free, easy-to-use licenses work alongside copyright to grant permissions on how you allow your work to be used – essentially changing from “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved”. All Creative Commons licenses range from the most permissive, CC-BY, which allows other to distribute, remix, and build upon your work – even commercially – to the most restrictive, CC-BY-NC-ND which prohibits commercial use and modifying your work in anyway. The CC website provides a tool to easily choose your desired license, define how you would like others to attribute you, and create a human and machine-readable license mark to embed on webpages or include on non-digital works.
Creative Commons Search also helps you find other CC content to use, modify, adapt, or build upon in your own work by providing convenient access to discover images, media, music, video and other content.
Interested in learning more about Creative Commons and how to use it? Join register for the workshop “Creative Commons: Using it to share and find creative and educational works” at DCAL on 2/26/16 at 9 am.