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Open Access: Open License

This LibGuide introduces the basics of Open Access (OA), the benefits of OA, OA at the Nazarbayev University, and what you can do to promote OA.

Open licensing facilitates sharing by explicating permission to access, reuse, and re-distribute a copyrighted work with what (if any) restrictions. Creative Commons, a non-profit organization, has created six licenses for copyright holders to grant permission so that others can use their works under specified conditions:

Additionally, there is the CC0 (No Rights Reserved) tool that enables copyright holders to waive all rights and place a work in the public domain. Visit this page for more information about the licenses. View this page for examples of how Creative Commons licenses have been used in real life. 

A tool is available to help copyright holders choose an appropriate Creative Commons license to share their works. 

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