Creative Commons Licensing

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons offers flexible copyright management for all types of creative work, by providing free tools that allow authors to mark their work with the freedoms they want it to carry. CC can change copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" (the current default situation) to "Some Rights Reserved". This encourages collaboration and innovation in the further use of the CC licensed information, while still offering legal protection to the original author. The CC metadata can also be used by search applications to assist people in discovering appropriately licensed information. There are a range of licences that creators can use to manage their copyright in the online environment, each offering its own specific protections and freedoms. AIMS will be utilising the Attribution 2.5 Australia licence. Australia is one of over 40 countries worldwide who have taken up the Creative Commons project. The change to CC licensing on the AIMS website has put AIMS among the vanguard of government agencies adopting this initiative.

Creative Commons licenses do not apply to data which are covered by contractual obligations/ restrictions. Further information on AIMS Copyright is available in our Copyright Statement .

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Why Creative Commons?

AIMS has introduced Creative Commons (CC) licensing for the bulk of the content on this website. This will lessen the restrictions on the use of free data from the website considerably by changing the copyright from "all rights reserved" to "some rights reserved". AIMS is asking only that it be acknowledged as the source of the data. People are free to re-use, build upon and distribute our data, even commercially. This makes a wealth of data readily available to the community, researchers and business, facilitating innovative research and development projects based on quality marine research data, and promoting the wider use of marine research data in the community, which is one of our core objectives.

The change was achieved through the release of a new copyright statement in April 2010, and the addition of CC metadata to the footer of each page of the website on April 2010.