Creative Commons Australia (ccAustralia) is the organisation that supports Creative Commons in Australia and administers the Australian Creative Commons licences. Established in 2002 and hosted at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, CCau is devoted to the promotion of Creative Commons in Australia.
The CCau project is lead by:
- Professor Brian Fitzgerald – Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology
- Professor Tom Cochrane – Deputy Vice Chancellor, Technology, Information and Learning Support, Queensland University of Technology
Special thanks to
- Ian Oi, Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Drafting Team Lead 2003 to July 2005)
other members of the CCau team include:
- Jessica Coates
- Elliott Bledsoe
- Nic Suzor
- Cheryl Foong
- Jimmy Ti
Australia is one of over 40 countries worldwide who have taken up the Creative Commons project.
about Creative Commons
Creative Commons is an international nonprofit that offers flexible copyright management tools for creative work. We offer a range of licences that creators can use to manage their copyright in the online environment, each offering its own specific protections and freedoms. We have built upon the “all rights reserved” of traditional copyright to create a voluntary “some rights reserved” system. We’re a nonprofit. All of our tools are free.
The Creative Commons International site has more information on:
- the history and theory behind Creative Commons
- an explanation of the basic licence protocols and the baseline rights associated with the CC standard licences
- an explaination of the legal concepts, including information on the public domain, the commons, open content and intellectual property conservancies
- the Licence Chooser which helps you select and apply the licence that is right for you
- best examples for marking and attributing CC licences and material
- things to think about before using a Creative Commons licence
- and an archive of CC press releases
Creative Commons research in Australia
CCau is closely associated with two research programs of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – the Creative Commons Clinic and Open Content Licensing and Creative Commons Model Research. These programs investigate and promote the implementation of Creative Commons and other open content licensing models in Australia.
Most of the materials and publications available on the CCau site are courtesy of these programs.