At Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand, we believe that a vibrant culture depends on an accessible ‘commons,’ that global store of works available for creative reuse. Digital technologies have made the commons more accessible than ever. As a result, we now enjoy an extraordinarily rich culture of sharing, remix and reuse.
Our licences allow rights holders a range of options within the framework of conventional copyright. Whether you’re sharing an epic poem, some holiday snapshots or a short film, your Creative Commons licences will tell users what they can use and how they can use it.
Below are some examples of how Creative Commons licences are being used by individuals and institutions in Aotearoa New Zealand.
New Zealand’s online Encyclopedia, Te Ara - “the pathway” in Māori – is a comprehensive history of New Zealand’s people, economy, natural environment, culture and institutions. Te Ara is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand licence.
The NZETC is a free online archive of New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials. They offer an ever expanding, fully searchable set of images, books, manuscripts and journals. As present, the NZETC collections contain over 400 of these texts under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike New Zealand 3.0 Licence.
Co-founder of the Creative Freedom Foundation, Bronwyn Holloway-Smith is an artist and arts advocate based in Wellington. For her recent exhibition at Wellington’s City Gallery, “Whisper Down the Lane,” Bronwyn made miniature 3D models of twelve other exhibited works using an Open Source 3-dimensional printer, known as the ‘RepRap.’ The digital files were given a Creative Commons licence, and were made available for download on her website. Find the full case study of Bronwyn here.
Jem is an artist, illustrator and Creative Commons supporter from Wellington, New Zealand. Jem won the Creative Commons Supreme Remix Award in 2010′s Mix & Mash for her illustrated remix of the poems of Katherine Mansfield, ‘An Opal Dream Cave.’ Her beautiful comic Sunshine is published under a Creative Commons licence.
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