Copyright and Intellectual Property (IP)

Any intellectual property arising from the creation of research data is subject to Western Sydney University's Intellectual Property policy and Research Data Management policy.

The University grants the ownership of copyright in Scholarly Works or creative works created by an employee in the course of employment to the employee.

Unless otherwise agreed in writing, the University will, in its capacity as an employer, own all Data and Datasets developed by employees in the course of employment with the University except for Scholarly Works such as books, book chapters, published journal articles, research papers and other published materials.

Students, as they are not employees of the University, generally own the Intellectual Property that they create, subject to any written agreement to the contrary entered into by the Student.

Licensing datasets for reuse

Sensitive data can be shared via an online repository with conditional or restricted access that is mediated by the research team. Licensing open-access outputs gives you greater control over how they can be reused.

One of the essential ingredients of reusable data is clarity of reuse permissions, terms, and conditions. Prospective users need to know exactly what they can do with the data. Those conditions and permissions need to be explicit. Within the Australian context, this information about the permissions and conditions of reuse can be expressed in different kinds of notices, licences, contracts, etc accompanying the data. Not being clear about permission to reuse data can have the same result as forbidding data reuse, because uncertainty can be enough to discourage the potential user.

Creative Commons licences

There are six creative commons licenses for use when licensing a dataset for reuse. The best way to decide which is appropriate for you is to think about why you want to share your work, and how you hope others will use that work.

It is important to check the conditions or Creative Commons licences that have been applied to any third party datasets that you have used in your research.

For help, try the Creative Commons License Chooser.

The Creative Commons licence options

There are six different licence types, listed from most to least permissive here:

CC BY - Use with attribution

CC-BY - This licence allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, so long as attribution is given to the creator. The licence allows for commercial use.

CC BY - Use with attribution

CC BY-SA -Share-alike

CC BY-SA - This licence allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, so long as attribution is given to the creator. The licence allows for commercial use. If you remix, adapt, or build upon the material, you must license the modified material under identical terms.

CC BY-SA -Share-alike

CC BY-NC - Non-commercial use only

CC BY-NC - This licence allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator.

CC BY-SA -Share-alike

CC BY-NC-SA - Share-alike and non-commercial use only

CC BY-NC-SA - This licence allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator. If you remix, adapt, or build upon the material, you must license the modified material under identical terms.

CC BY-NC-SA - Share-alike and non-commercial use only

CC BY-ND - No derivatives

CC BY-ND - This licence allows reusers to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator. The licence allows for commercial use, but does not allow the material to be adapted.

CC BY-ND - No derivatives

CC BY-NC-ND - No derivatives, non-commercial use only

CC BY-NC-ND - This licence allows reusers to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator.

CC BY-NC-ND - No derivatives, non-commercial use only