Copyright provides an exclusive right to the copyright holder to reproduce, publish, adapt, communicate or perform a work.
If you are the copyright holder and you do not license your research outputs (e.g. your data), no-one else can use it. In Australia, no license is regarded as the same as 'all rights reserved', confining any reuse to very limited circumstances.
This basic Guide introduces
- Copyright and the research sector
- Copyright basics
- Obtaining permission from a copyright holder
- Copyright and data
- Use of a copyright licence
- No copyright
- Creative Commons - Public Domain Mark
- A no known rights statement
- Moral rights
- A dataset may attract copyright protection if it meets certain threshold criteria. On that basis, significant quantities of research data will attract copyright protection.
- Since the output of most research is intended for reuse, it is recommended that a licence, such as a Creative Commons Attribution licence, be applied to make that intention explicit.
- Should the data not meet the threshold criteria for copyright, no harm will arise from the application of a Creative Commons Licence. It will still serve as a way to make known how you would like to be attributed, in addition to applying a limitation of liability and warranty clause to the data.