How to choose the most appropriate licence

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For institutional users, your University may offer additional licensing options, such as the following:

Creative Commons v 4.0

CC BY-SA (Attribution-ShareAlike)

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

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CC BY-ND (Attribution-NoDerivatives)

This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

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CC BY-NC (Attribution-NonCommercial)

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

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CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike)

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

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CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives)

This license is the most restrictive of the six licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

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Please review http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ for more information.

 

The Restrictive Licence Template

The Restrictive Licence Template  has been developed specifically to license material that contains personal or other confidential information that has a high security risk associated with its release. It may also be used for material that is to be licensed under some form of limiting or restrictive condition (such as a time limit on use, or payment arrangements other than an initial once-only fee).

 

The BSD 3-Clause Software Licence

The BSD 3-Clause Software Licence can be applied to software that has been wholely created by your organisation, where the code does not include code licensed under the GNU GPL Licence. Software/code licensed under the BSD 3-Clause Licence can be incorporated into software that is licensed under the GNU GPL Licence. However, the reverse (incorporating GNU GPL Licensed software/code into software licensed under the BSD 3 Clause Licence) is not permitted. The BSD 3-Clause Licence is also compatible with the Apache Software Licence.

This information has been provided by AUSGoal - Australian Governments Open Access and Licensing Framework

Here is a nice guide that provides further detail: "The Legal Side of Open Source".

If you are still unsure about what license to use please do get in touch with your University representative, there is also the Creative Commons tool to help you decide or submit a support ticket, and we'll aim to respond within 48 hours.