Since 1 October this year, material on our website has been licensed under Creative Commons. Australia is one of over 50 countries world-wide to have taken up the Creative Commons project which is aimed at making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. The change to Creative Commons licensing puts the National Statistical Service website among the first government websites adopting this initiative.
What is Creative Commons all about?
When authors create a work – for example a publication, artwork, software or a web page – it is automatically protected by copyright. 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, including sharing, remixing, using commercially, or any combination of these. There is a range of licences creators can use to manage their copyright in the online environment, each offering its own specific protections and freedoms. People wishing to use or reuse the work may do so under the provisions of the attached Creative Commons licence, without needing to consult directly with the copyright owner. There is no charge involved.
Creative Commons effectively changes 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 Creative Commons–licensed information, while still offering legal protection to the original author.
How does Creative Commons work on the NSS website?
Content on the NSS website carries the Attribution 2.5 Australia licence. Further information is available in our website copyright statement. and the Creative Commons image and link to the licence conditions appears at the bottom of every webpage. Additionally, metadata (machine readable information) about the licence has been added to our pages. Search engines with advanced search options are able to read this embedded information and return results according to licence conditions.