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Guide to Creative Commons Licenses
This guide provides an introduction to Creative Commons Licenses for the faculty of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Better Sharing Through Licenses? Measuring the Influence of Creative Commons Licenses on the Usage of Open Access Monographs by Ronald SnijderINTRODUCTION Open Access and licenses are closely intertwined. Both Creative Commons (CC) and Open Access seek to restore the balance between the owners of creative works and prospective users. Apart from the legal issues around CC licenses, we could look at role of intermediaries whose work is enabled through CC licenses. Does licensing documents under Creative Commons increase access and reuse in a direct way, or is access and reuse amplified by intermediaries? OAPEN LIBRARY AND DOAB The OAPEN Library contains books available under both open licenses, for example Creative Commons, as well as books that are published under terms that only allow for personal use. The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) functions as an intermediary, offering aggregation services exclusively focused on books with an open license. METHODS Downloads are used as a proxy for the use of books in the OAPEN Library. The data set that this paper analyses data that was captured over a period of 33 months. During this time, 1734 different books were made available through the OAPEN Library: 855 books under a Creative Commons license and 879 books under a more restrictive regime. The influence of open licenses, aggregation in DOAB, and subject and language are evaluated. RESULTS Once the effects of subject and language are taken into account, there is no evidence that making books available under open licenses results in more downloads than making books available under licenses that only allow for personal use. Yet, additional aggregation in the DOAB has a large positive effect on the number of times a book is downloaded. CONCLUSION The application of open licenses to books does not, on its own, lead to more downloads. However, open licenses pave the way for intermediaries to offer new discovery and aggregation services. These services play an important role by amplifying the impacts of open access licensing in the case of scholarly books. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Guest post on the NUTech Ventures Blog on May 27, 2011, about digital copyright issues.
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Publication Date: May 27, 2011
Creative Commons: A User Guide by Simone AliprandiHere is an operational manual which guides creators step by step in the world of Creative Commons licenses, the most famous and popular licenses for free distribution of intellectual products. Without neglecting useful conceptual clarifications, the author goes into technical details of the tools offered by Creative Commons, thus making them also understandable for total neophytes. This is a fundamental book for all those who are interested in the opencontent and copyleft world.The official webpage of this book is www.aliprandi.org/cc-user-guide and there you can find additional contents and updating
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Publication Date: 2012
Creative Commons: Copyright Tools for the 21st Century by Laura Gordon-MurnaneThe article discusses the role of a set of licensing tools known as Creative Commons in copyright protection in the 21st century. The implications of the changes in copyright laws in the U.S. for public domain are tackled, one change is the increase of copyright terms by 20 years under the Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA) of 1998. Creative Common's licenses can be used in various contents published in the Internet. The potential problems that libraries may encounter when using Creative Commons' licenses are mentioned.