Copyright options

What is the Creative Commons copyright used on the Gateway content, and what does this mean for users and content managers?

The NSW Landcare Gateway uses a range of new copyright options which allow other users to use/share/distribute or modify much of this content.  This is intended to allow Landcare groups and others to find, access and redistribute information that may assist in promoting Landcare and environmental management.

Normal copyright excludes other people from using information or images without specific permission - and often payments to - the copyright owner (author).  The Landcare Gateway is intended to assist sharing knowledge, so does not use that option.

The Landcare Gateway uses Creative Commons licences to licence the majority of content on the sites.  The default licence for new content is the Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Australia licence, which allows people:

  • to Remix — to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

  • AttributionYou must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

  • Noncommercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.

Please note that some content may be Copyright NSW DPI

or use other Creative Commons licence options, which could include:

  • No Derivative Works -Lets others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.
  • Share Alike - Allows others to distribute derivative works only under a licence identical to the licence that governs your work.


What does this mean?

If you are creating content on the Landcare Gateway, as a group site manager, you should be aware of the conditions of the licence options, be prepared to accept these conditions, or select another licence option.  This is particularly important for content such as photos.  Current web technology means that content under these licences can be found from databases of Creative Commons content, not just the Gateway.

If you wish to use or distribute content from the Gateway in publications such as newsletters, guide books etc, you must be aware of the licence conditions of the content.