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 "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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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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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 now see many suffixes for CC Attribution ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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OSI approved License similar to CC BY-SA 4.0

What's the most recommended OSI approved license (here's the list) closest to our current license is Creative Commonns Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International? Also, why aren't the Creative Commons ...
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CC text with copyrighted pictures

I am thinking about publishing a text with pictures where the text and most of the pictures are my own, while some of the pictures are by others. Those others have agreed with the inclusion of their ...
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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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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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Software is under GNU/GPLv3, which licence to chose for pictures taken from it?

So, I recently released a FOSS software with a GNU/GPLv3 licence and just realized that the software can be used to produce pictures. I want the pictures to be free (as in freedom) in any case and ...
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Is it possible to have a non-comercial license, while allowing commercial use of derivative works and further modification of the derivative work?

This is a somewhat complicated situation, and I have trouble finding a Creative Commons license that is appropriate. Here is what I want the license to do: Others should be able to redistribute my ...
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How do search engines read image licence?

It's easy to search for images published under a creative commons licence in search engines, I just have to fine-tune my search options. But how do I get my images with their licence on the web ? Is ...
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Is it OK to put license note that uses "this code/file/work" into a separate file?

MPL & CC-BY-SA both allow putting only a small license statement to place I deem fit. But both of them use "this": This Source Code Form is subject to the terms of the Mozilla Public License ...
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What license to use and how to handle copyright disclaimer?

I'm currently building a website for a small, local soccer club. I'm building it, based on a template of html5up.net/. As far as I know, their only requirement for doing so is that I give them credit. ...
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Choosing a License for a Tutorial Site

I apologize in advance for what is probably a dumb question, but I'm trying to do this the right way from the beginning. I'm putting together a coding tutorial site, and my main question boils down ...
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Is OSS with CC-NC-licensed assets effectively impossible for the creator to sell traditionally?

Given a game where: Source code is licensed under a free (libre) open source license, e.g. GPL, MIT, etc. Assets such as images and music are licensed under Creative Commons Non-Commercial. Is it ...
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Does the mutilation clause make CC-BY and CC-BY-SA non-free?

This clause is section 4(c) in CC-BY 3.0 Unported and 4(d) in CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported: Except as otherwise agreed in writing by the Licensor or as may be otherwise permitted by applicable law, if You ...
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How to properly give attribution for an email template?

I'd like to use an email template licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, specifically MailChimp's Email Blueprints. The license states that attribution must be ...
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Meaning of Attribution in CC BY 3.0 for a JavaScript library

I come across a JavaScript library which is licensed under the CC BY 3.0 (US) license. The only restrictions of the license is Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the ...
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Why is YouTube using 3.0 version of CC BY?

Figuring out how YouTube uses Creative Commons was hard. When uploading a video on YouTube, all you see as an option is "Creative Commons Attribution" (which could be any CC license). When seeing a ...
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Does programmatically looping a song in a game qualify as a derivative work?

If I want to put a song licensed under a Creative Commons license that does not allow derivatives (such as CC BY-NC-ND 3.0), am I allowed to programmatically loop (or apply effects) to the song when ...
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Giving attribution to tutorial

If I want to use the code from this Point Cloud tutorial (or similar) in a commercial program, do I have to attribute to the author? Although PCL is licensed with the BSD license (so no problem), the ...
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Is a government organisation commercial or non-commercial?

Assume that someone is working on a government project either as a government employee or a contractor working on a site which will be delivered and then subsequently maintained by a government agency....
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Can Wikidata which runs under CC-Zero incorporate CC BY content?

Wikidata is a database licensed under CC-Zero. If Wikidata would include CC BY content with Wikidata properly labeling the source, would that be okay? Or do third-parties that want to reuse 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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When changing the format of a work licensed under CC BY-ND, may I change the number of files?

I want to redistribute a work licensed under CC BY-ND 3.0. While I’m not allowed to omit parts of the work, I’m allowed to change its format: When I release my work under a CC license in one format (...
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Using CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported image in a book

I would like to use an image in the cover page of a paid book. The image is first published in Wikimedia and it is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. I ...
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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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Distribute SWF (binary) files with open source license?

Is it possible to distribute binary files using any open source or Creative Commons license? In particular, I have several Flash videos (.swf files) whose sources (.fla files) are not available/lost. ...
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What is considered proper attribution for a deleted Stack Exchange post?

When a creator posts content to any Stack Exchange site, they grant Stack Exchange a Creative Commons Attribute Share-Alike license to use (and display and share) the content. This is irrevocable - ...
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What if I publish a paper under the Creative Commons license and still patent the work it refers to?

I've just submitted a paper to an open access journal which operates with the Creative Commons license. Details here: http://www.lmcs-online.org/ojs/copyright.php The subject of the paper is an ...
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Relation between the creative commons license and the patent process

I have an algorithm. I'd like to publish this in an open access journal under the creative commons license. But I'm also considering a patent. How do these processes sit together? Does publishing in ...