Creative Commons goes hand-in-hand with the Open Access/ Open Education movement to encourage copyright holders to share more freely works for which they hold the copyright. When using Creative Commons, a copyright holder can agree to licensing terms that allow more sharing than that allowed by copyright as part of the Copyright law. "With a Creative Commons license, you keep your copyrightbut allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify..."1 Once registered with Creative Commons, the copyright holder displays symbols showing these modifications.
As a result of Creative Commons licensing, some information that was previously only available to a limited number of people, due to monetary constraints, can now be made available to anyone with internet access.
1. Creative Commons, "License Your Work," Creative Commons, http://creativecommons.org/choose/, January 9, 2010.