About Creative Commons

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation that helps people share their copyright works for reuse by others. Sometimes creators and other copyright holders want the public to be able to reuse their works but are unable to allow reuse easily and legally given the works’ “All Rights Reserved” copyright status. Creative Commons licences enable copyright holders to allow reuse of their works by giving everyone a range of permissions in advance.

Using a clear and robust Creative Commons licences, you can choose the kinds of permissions to grant over your work. Individuals, institutions, artists, scientists and public agencies around the world are now declaring “Some Rights Reserved” with Creative Commons licences.

People who use Creative Commons licences are contributing to the Commons, that global pool of reusable works, and are helping to create a culture of sharing, reuse and innovation.

We explain the licences here; other resources explaining the Creative Commons licences in a range of areas can be found on our Resources page.

Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand

We are the kaitiaki of the New Zealand Creative Commons licences that enable the voluntary sharing of copyright material in Aotearoa. We’re a kiwi remix on an international movement toward open access licensing and are here to support the use Creative Commons licences in New Zealand.creativecommonskiwi

To learn more about what we do, check out the links to project areas on our homepage. You can also see who is involved with CC in Aotearoa New Zealand on our Who We Are page. You can also read the minutes from our meetings and check out the posts to our public discussion list.

Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand receives support from Land Information New Zealand and InternetNZ. The project is hosted by the Open Education Resource Foundation.

Get Involved

Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand relies heavily on its broad community base, and we’re always looking for more people to help out. There are a few different ways you can get involved. The first thing to do is join our public discussion list and introduce yourself. Once you’ve done that — and had a look around the site — you might want to:

  • Write a blog post or case study for the Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ website
  • Organise a meetup or event in your area or organisation
  • Partner with us on a project
  • Join our behind-the-scenes Loomio discussion and advisory group
  • Invite us to give a workshop at your organisation or workplace — or do it yourself!
  • Provide general feedback on any of our projects either privately or to the discussion list
  • Research related to Creative Commons licensing
  • Make new Creative Commons resources

If you’re interested in helping out with any of these areas, please get in touch! We’d love to hear from you.

Keep in Touch

There are several ways to keep in touch:

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