Creative Commons (CC) was founded in 2001 as a non-profit organisation and offers six standard licensing agreements. With a CC licence, the author(s)* set(s) the legal conditions that determine what can and cannot be done with his/her work: How do Creative Commons licences work?
Information on CC licenses and their use can be found in the SULB handout Creative Commons-Lizenzen.
The Act on Copyright and Related Rights protects the rights of authors to their scientific, artistic or literary works. A work within the meaning of the law is a personal intellectual creation, i.e. it must show an individual, creative contribution of one's own. Copyright protection comes into effect automatically with the creation of a work; no application or registration is required. Further information on copyright, moral rights (non-transferable) and exploitation rights (transferable) can be found under Legal relations between the author and his/her work.
Information on legal issues regarding publication projects can be found in the SULB handout Rechtliche Fragen des Publizierens.