About the Licences

When you make your copyright work available under a Creative Commons licence you are managing your copyright by giving explicit permission to users to make use of it, on certain conditions.  Applying a Creative Commons licence does not mean that you are giving up your copyright in your work.

Licence terms:  baseline permissions and core conditions

The CC licences set out the uses that may lawfully be made of the copyright material and specify the conditions which must be complied with when it is used.

There are six standardised CC licences.

Each of the CC licences grants certain baseline permissions to users in advance, authorising them to use the material, provided they comply with core conditions, as well as other general terms in the licence.

The baseline permissions granted by the CC licences permit the material to be copied, distributed, displayed and performed.  Four of the CC licences additionally grant permission to users to use the CC-licensed material to create a Derivative Work (version 3.0 Australia licences) or Adapted Material (version 4.0 international licences), which may then be copied, distributed, displayed and performed.

The core condition that applies to all six of the CC licences is the requirement that the author of the work is attributed – the Attribution condition.

The other core conditions are:

  • NonCommercial (NC)
  • No Derivatives (ND)
  • Share Alike (SA)

 

CC Attribution (BY)CC Noncommercial (NC)CC No Derivative Works (ND)CC Share Alike (SA)
Attribution
BY
NonCommercial
NC
No Derivative Works
ND
Share Alike
SA
This applies to every Creative Commons work. Whenever a work is copied or redistributed under a Creative Commons licence, the original creator (and any other nominated parties) must be credited and the source linked to.Lets others copy, distribute, display and perform the work for noncommercial purposes only.Lets others distribute, display and perform only verbatim copies of the work. They may not adapt or change the work in any way.Allows others to remix, adapt and build on the work, but only if they distribute the derivative works under the same the licence terms that govern the original work.
A licence cannot feature both the Share Alike and No Derivative Works options. The Share Alike requirement applies only to Derivative Works.Important information

The Creative Commons Licences: the version 3.0 Australia licences (the ported licences) and the version 4.0 international licences (the unported licences)

There are two versions of the Creative Commons licences currently in use in Australia:

(1) the version 3.0 CC Australia licences (the Australian “ported licences”), which were launched in June 2010;  and

(2) the version 4.0 international licences (the unported licences), which were launched in November 2013.

The Licence Chooser assists in choosing an appropriate CC licence and applying a CC licence to your material.  Note that the default setting of the Licence Chooser is the version 4.0 international CC licence suite.  However, you can easily use the Licence Chooser  to apply any of the version 3.0 CC Australia licences to your work.  To do so, simply open up the Licence Chooser, then click on the “Looking for earlier licence versions, including ports?” link at the top of the page and then click on “Show earlier licences”. Choose AUSTRALIA in the drop down list of countries.  Now, you can proceed to use the Licence Chooser to generate a version 3.0 CC Australia licence.

The Creative Commons licences are set out below, going from the most liberal (or least restrictive) licence, the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence, to the most restrictive licence, the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND) licence.

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Attribution
CC BY

This licence allows users to distribute, remix and build upon a work, and create Derivative Works – even for commercial use - provided they credit the original creator/s (and any other nominated parties). This is the most accommodating of the licences in terms of what others can do with the work.

Version 3.0 (CC Australia ported licence):

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Attribution-Share Alike
CC BY-SA

This licence allows users to distribute, remix and build upon the work, and create Derivative Works – even for commercial purposes - as long as they credit the original creator/s (and any other nominated parties) and license any new creations based on the work under the same terms. All new Derivative Works will carry the same licence, so will also allow commercial use.

In other words, you agree to share your materials with others, if they will share their new works in return. This licence is often likened to the free software licences, known as ‘copyleft.’

Version 3.0 (CC Australia ported licence):

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Attribution-No Derivatives 
CC BY-ND

This licence allows others to distribute the work, even for commercial purposes, as long as the work is unchanged, and the original creator/s (and any other nominated parties) are credited.

Version 3.0 (CC Australia ported licence):

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Attribution-NonCommercial
CC BY-NC

This licence lets others distribute, remix and build upon the work, but only if it is for non-commercial purposes and they credit the original creator/s (and any other nominated parties). They don’t have to license their Derivative Works on the same terms.

Version 3.0 (CC Australia ported licence):

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Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike
CC BY-NC-SA

This licence lets others distribute, remix and build upon the work, but only if it is for non-commercial purposes, they credit the original creator/s (and any other nominated parties) and they license their derivative works under the same terms.

Version 3.0 (CC Australia ported licence):

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Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives
CC BY-NC-ND

This licence is the most restrictive of the six main licences, allowing redistribution of the work in its current form only. This licence is often called the ‘free advertising’ licence because it allows others to download and share the work as long as they credit the original creator/s (and any other nominated parties), they don’t change the material in any way and they don’t use it commercially.

Version 3.0 (CC Australia ported licence):

MORE INFORMATION 

You can find fact sheets, videos and other information tools about Creative Commons, its licences and using licensed material on our Learn More page.

The Creative Commons international site also has a whole range of information, including:

You can download a printable fact sheet about the licences here.

EARLIER LICENCES – the version 2.5 Australia Licences

When Creative Commons was first launched in Australia, the version of the CC licences used was version 2.5.   Many of the works distributed under CC licences have been made available under the version 2.5 Australia CC licences.

The ported version 2.5 Australia CC licences are as follows:

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