Open licences grant permission to access, reuse and redistribute a work with few or no restrictions. It doesn't mean that a creator gives up their rights to their material. It works to protect their rights in the digital environment, by giving them some control over how their work is acknowledged and used.
Creative Commons (CC) is perhaps the most well known of the open licensing systems used. Their free copyright licences provide creators with a simple, standardised way of giving permission to share and use their work. There are six different licences to choose from, all of which allow the user to, at least:
To find Creative Commons resources, look for sites that incorporate a Creative Commons licence logo, such as these:
You may also prefer to search for Creative Commons licensed material via the Creative Commons Search tool.
Further information is available at Creative Commons and other Open Access Materials on the Copyright Matters website.