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Submitting your thesis to ORA: Creative Commons

CC Licenses

About Creative Commons licenses

The Creative Commons copyright licenses allow expansion of terms within the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. The tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. More information can be found on the Creative Commons webpages.

Creative Commons and Open Access

RCUK Open Access Policy

"(vi) Where Open Access is achieved through deposit of the final Accepted Manuscript in a repository (the ‘Green’ route) in order to maximise the opportunities for access to and re‐use of repository content, the Research Councils would like research papers to be made available using the most liberal and enabling licences, ideally CC BY. However, the RCUK policy requires only that the manuscript is made available without restriction on non‐commercial re‐use. The policy does not specify a particular licence, and the requirement can be met by use of the Creative Commons Attribution‐non‐commercial licence (CC BY NC). Publisher‐specific licences are acceptable providing they support the aims of the policy, and allow re‐use including non‐commercial text and data mining."

Creative Commons and your thesis

At current you are not required to apply a Creative Commons license to your thesis when depositing to ORA. However if you choose to apply a license to your work, please ensure to have first cleared any third party copyright work contained within your thesis - ensuring that the same onwards use can be applied to this material.

CC licensed material within your thesis

Ensure that you have complied with any terms of the Creative Commons license that may have been applied to material used within your thesis. In all cases attribution should be given to a CC licensed work - full examples of the licenses available and there terms are available on the Creative Commons webpages.

Finding licensed material

The Creative Commons website includes a Search page which allows convenient access to search provides with assumed filetrs to CC licensed material.  

Further Information 

For further information on licenses please see the Licences for Open Scholarship page. 

CC license types

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