Publish and (re)share.
The aim of publishing is in the first place to get to your audience. With Open Access academic and scholarly publications are not only more accessible; it also increases visibility to a broader audience. It doesn’t require necessarily publications need to be 100% free to get engagement and rebuild upon. Creative commons allow the author to determine the level of openness.
Each work is automatically copyrighted, which means that others are required to ask permission from you as the copyright owner. In the next level of publishing under Open Access, you can easily change the copyright “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved”. This involves Creative Commons (CC) licenses: public licenses, which allow you to specify what other people may do with your work.
Seven different Creative Commons licenses:
The grid gives a good visual overview of what each license allows.