By default, Camtree licences library content under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 International Licence, also known as an ‘Attribution licence’.
What this means:
- Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
- Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material, for any purpose, even commercially.
Under these terms:
- Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link, and indicate if changes were made.
Why Camtree uses this licence:
Using the CC-BY licence allows users of the Camtree Digital Library to use, share, copy and redistribute the material, and to adapt, remix, transform, and build on the material for any purpose as long as they attribute the original work from the library to its authors. This isn’t the same as placing your work into the ‘public domain’, as this doesn’t require attribution.
Using this licence, which is increasingly becoming the norm for open-access academic publications, means that the work you contribute to the library may be used for commercial purposes. Licensing it in this way allows your reports and other contributions to (for example):
- be used in professional development activities for which the trainer is paid
- be cited in books and journals which require a subscription
- be featured on websites which may carry advertising
Other licences might prevent these kinds of use, reducing the audience that your work might otherwise reach and the impact it might have.
Can I use an alternative licence?
It is possible to license library content under different licences but this may have implications for who can use your work and for what purposes. Please contact the Camtree team to discuss alternative licences.