Legal tools for open access to academic publications
Creative Commons is devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon and to share legally. Creative Commons licenses are easy to use and allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of others.
We are supporting Creative Commons to develop an equally easy-to-use set of legal tools for academic authors negotiating with publishers. These tools will enable authors to retain the right to make their work open access under certain agreed conditions, for example, after an embargo period or when the work is out of print. These tools will be available for use around the world, increasing the free availability of scholarly material.
Learn more about our Open Access grants.