Questions tagged [creative-commons]

For questions about the Creative Commons licenses and the organization behind them. There are many Creative Commons licenses, so if you are asking a question about a specific license be sure to state which one.

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Can I set my android app as paid which uses Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License IMAGES?

I am have some images which has following license: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License Using these images I am going to make an Android app and sell it via Google play ...
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Can I open-source a design based on a patent?

I am relatively active in the 3D-printing community and have created a design that requires a part that has been patented by a company from the United States in 1997. The part is very rare outside of ...
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What are the consequences for downstream actors of redistributing a work under a wider CC license than the copyright holder authorized?

Say that Company A is an online platform which hosts user-generated content, and to do so Company A requires in its ToS that users license said content publicly under Creative Commons License X. ...
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Why is CC BY-SA discouraged for code?

Everybody knows that you shouldn't use a CC BY-SA license on your code. Even the Creative Commons folk recommend against it. What I don't know or understand is why. I can't seem to find any ...
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Creative Commons ShareAlike, weak or strong copyleft?

I am wondering whether Creative Commons ShareAlike is a weak or strong copyleft license. That is, does it allow linking with code with under a different license?
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Can I “upgrade” the version of CC BY-SA from 3.0 to 4.0 in my modification?

What I'm doing: I'm adapting a work licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported license to a different language. I'm indicating the original work and its license. I'm indicating that I have made changes to ...
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Can I license photos of physical products / equipment I took as Creative Commons?

I want to document a scientific experiments I've presenced on a blog post. To do that, I want to give clear descriptions of each commercial equipment used, and using photos would be a great addition. ...
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Are Creative Commons licenses suitable for distributing an Excel spreasheet?

I'd like to distribute in a rather open way an Excel spreadsheet I am the creator of, but would like to provide a framework regarding the way this piece of work could be used and re-distributed. In ...
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Creative Commons ShareAlike (CC SA 1.0) is retired and not recommended for use, but there's not a suitable active alternative. Should I not use it?

I have some graphic design creations that I want to allow others to modify if they wish to, as long as their remixed versions have the same permissions. Creative Commons ShareAlike (CC SA 1.0) ...
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What is the correct way to receive and give attribution to CC BY-SA asset contributions on a project managed with git?

The Creative Commons website gives this example for giving attribution to an image that was found on a website. For this project, contributors who wish to contribute assets would be sending the assets ...
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Can I change the license of re-written code?

The is a single file source code that I have used as a base for my little project. That source code already works as it is. The problem is its syntaxes, variable naming, spacing, and so many unused ...
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Use of Creative Commons licenses by an anonymous user

As part of a survey (collecting environmental data from the public) my participants can choose to provide their name or to contribute anonymously. Part of the survey includes submission of photos that ...
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Whom to leave link credit while using CC BY images

Normally I use the following format, Photo by Author / License Photo: Link to where I found the photo. Author: Author profile page. For example, flickr profile. License: Link to the license page. ...
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Are there official Markdown versions of the CC licenses?

Official plaintext versions of the Creative Commons licenses are available. Are there similarly official Markdown versions?
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My university is asking to choose between BY-SA and GFDL to release my work

An infographic I designed is to be uploaded to my university website. They have asked me to choose between the BY-SA and GFDL to release my work. I tried looking up the difference but I cannot find ...
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Using output of a CC BY-NC AI algorithm in a commercial product?

If I use nvidia's stylegan, which is CC BY-NC, to generate images that then will be part of a dataset used as input of my own ML algorithm, do I infringe the stylegan license if I make a remuneration ...
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Which Creative Commons licenses are permissive enough for proprietary software?

We are releasing a software under a dual license APGLv3/proprietary. To build it, we are reusing many components availabe on the web. For source code, those components have to be released with a ...
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Can public schools use CC BY-NC content?

Can a fully tax-funded public school use music licensed under CC-BY-NC in a video to promote its educational programs?
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Where to find pictures for Wikipedia?

For example is there any servers with photos with Creative Commons licence? And not only some general photos but, with concrete objects (people, buildings, pictures etc.). And if I find a picture on ...
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Is Stack Exchange's CC-BY-SA v3.0 content compatible with the GPL?

Currently, all user submitted content is licensed under "cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution required". This shows up at the bottom of each page: user contributions licensed under cc by-sa 3.0 with ...
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Can I use a CC-BY-SA licensed image as part of my online course's cover (commercial use)?

I'm creating online course about coding with the Express JavaScript framework, whose site and logo are licensed under the CC-BY-SA license. Since my course is about Express, I want to use Express's ...
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How to release small part of my code as an opensource plugin to allow free reuse (including by myself at my work)

I am working with Unity3D on a commercial project, and have found that some vital part of working with social accounts is not implemented, namely - authorized API calls. I am almost done implementing ...
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Creative Commons: Unported vs. Generic vs. International etc

I'm a big user of Creative Common licenses and I often used https://creativecommons.org/choose/ in the past to find the right license to use. However I see now many suffixes for CC Attribution ...
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Can I apply one license to specific users and another to others?

Suppose I am a developer. I am developing a piece of software. I decide I want to make this code open source. But... I only want developers (or people that will be using the code in other projects) to ...
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Can I completely ignore the license for graphics that are ineligible for copyright?

I am looking at some highy geometric flags used by the the extended LGBT community. Many of these are not able to be copyrighted (according to wikimedia) Because the consist only of: Choice of Color ...
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What is derivative work? What is “build upon”?

I have been reading up on Open Source licensing, but there is this one term that I think needs clarification: when is work derivative? If I have an image viewer that accepts a ZIP file and I ...
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Can derivatives of CC BY-SA works be licensed under CC BY-NC-SA?

Does the CC BY-SA license prevent additional restrictions being placed on derivatives? I'm wondering, if I release a work under BY-SA, can someone else create a derivative and license it under BY-NC-...
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What would be a good licence for computable data models?

What would be a good license for computable data models? Technically they're source code, but they're always constrained and transformed to other artifacts before being used in actual software. At the ...
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DRM and “Licensed Rights” for works that contain material licensed under CC BY 4.0

CC BY 4.0 says about applying DRM (or other "Effective Technological Measures"): No downstream restrictions. You may not […] apply any Effective Technological Measures to […] the Licensed Material ...
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Is re-encoding an audio or video file permitted under CC-BY-ND?

I have a .mp3 file licensed under CC-BY-ND 4.0 and I want to reencode it (without changing the content within) in the Ogg Vorbis format for sharing, but I do not want to violate the CC license.
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CC-BY-SA - Do I have to distribute intermediary formats of my adaption? [duplicate]

There's a website that I really like which is licensed under CC-BY-SA. I've always thought it would work really well as a physical book too, and so I've decided to try to make it happen. I'm planning ...
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Including a CC BY-SA licensed SVG in a CC BY-NC-SA licensed wiki?

I want to upload a SVG document with a CC BY-SA 3.0 license to an online wiki with a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license. Will these licenses conflict with each other, or can they coexist?
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Do you become a “Licensor” if you redistribute a work licensed under a CC 3.0 license?

Alice writes a poem and licenses it under any 3.0 Creative Commons license. Bob copies the poem and publishes it on his blog (with correct attribution). Alice is Original Author and Licensor. Is Bob ...
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CC BY-SA – Do I need to open source my app if I don’t really distribute it?

I started developing a commercial web application that uses spaCy – a MIT-licensed library for natural language processing. In order to use this library, one needs to initialize a processing pipeline ...
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Am I responsible for fixing broken links under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license?

The Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License states If You Share the Licensed Material (including in modified form), You must: A. retain the following if it ...
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How do I specify particular “source code” for a non-software GPL'd work?

Reading this GPL FAQ item on non-software works: You can apply the GPL to any kind of work, as long as it is clear what constitutes the “source code” for the work. It says that it must be "clear ...
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How do companies spot when a person is violating their terms and conditions? [closed]

I'm a developer (startup) and I'm working in a few healthcare projects, I prefer Highcharts for data visualization. My questions are as follows: 1. Why does one purchase a license when one can use ...
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Can I publish my C++ game on GitHub under MIT using art and libraries under others licenses?

Can I publish my C++ game on GitHub under MIT using art and libraries under others licenses? I want to publish my code on GitHub, but I have some troubles with licensing. In my game I use GLEW (...
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What are my obligations when citing myself on an SE site for an internal company blog?

I would like to use content I wrote on SE as part of an internal blog. However, I would like to avoid directly linking my SE profile to my RL person. If I quote material from an SE post written by me,...
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Can CC BY 4.0 content be adapted into a CC BY-SA 3.0 work?

If an original work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0), can an adapted work (i.e. derivative work) be made from it and published under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC ...
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Sharing CC BY licensed material without offering a way to be contacted

Section 3(a)(3) of the license CC BY 4.0: If requested by the Licensor, You must remove any of the information required by Section 3(a)(1)(A) to the extent reasonably practicable. While it does ...
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Do I need a highcharts licence if I'm developing software for a non-profit

Highcharts is supposed to be an open source chart project that is free for personal use and for non-profit organisations. For non-profit organisations and individuals it is licensed under the Creative ...
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Could I license my static website under Creative Commons?

I am making a static website with HTML, CSS, minimal JS, images, and lots of research content for a school project. I read that Creative Commons licenses are not meant for software source code, but ...
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Can I use data licensed under Creative Commons for closed source propriety software?

I am interested in using data distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC-By-SA) license. A subset of it can be extracted, which will fall under a Creative Commons ...
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Combining software and image licensing in the same repository

I have a project under Apache license on GitHub. I want to add some non-text stuff into repository (logo). Can I use Apache license for an image? If not, what CC license is most 'aligned' with Apache ...
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Does CreativeCommon ShareAlike allow logo removal or rebranding

I am the author of a open source library for websites that is licensed under LGPL. To make this library easy to use for non-developers I plan to create a simple to use UI-component based on the ...
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If I write a class transformer for a project licensed under CC BY-NC-ND, may I distribute that transformer?

If I write a Java class transformer that transforms code from a project licensed under CC BY-NC-ND, is that legal? I am not actually distributing a modified copy of the project, but while a specific ...
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Sites offering open-source sound tracks/music for use in applications? [closed]

Are there any good sites offering open-source tracks for use in applications or games? I've seen many, but seem to be any good... giving links to last.fm and other sites.
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What exactly does “attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor” mean in case of CC-BY-SA

In case I'm about to use an image from Wikimedia Commons (like https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sa-warthog.jpg for example), what exactly does attribute the work in the manner specified by ...
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Volley library and publish on Play Store

I am using the Volley library, provided by Google, to do some http requests on android app. The Volley library is under the "Creative Commons Attribution 2.5". If I want to publish my app later on ...