With Creative Commons (CC) licences, authors grant the public the right to use their works. The licences consist of several components and can be adapted to one's own needs according to the modular concept.

Why should I give my work a CC licence?

In the case of an open access publication without a CC licence, only reading, downloading and further use within the citation right is permitted for the time being. By giving your work a CC licence, users are granted further rights that normal copyright law does not provide for and which thus make a work more open to the entire community. This is particularly suitable for academic works that are shared via the university library's repository as part of a secondary publication.

What CC licences are there?

You can build six CC licences from the four components listed below:

Only the CC BY and CC BY-SA licences are considered truly open as they are the least restrictive for further use.

Choo-Choo-Choose your license!
Choo-Choo-Choose your license!
© This graphic is based on the work "Welches ist die richtige CC-Lizenz für mich?“ (Grafik von Barbara Klute und Jöran Muuß-Merholz für wb-web unter CC BY SA 3.0)

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