Science Commons


Creative Commons is launching the exploratory phase of Science Commons, building on licensing schemes for Open Access publishers like PLOS and BMC, and entering into the realms of biomedical patents and data sharing.

I have a question about the Attribution license for scientific papers, which allows anyone to 'make commercial use of the work': does 'the work' mean just the written words in the paper itself, or are you handing over the rights to the actual ideas described there?