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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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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Can I sell closed source software which uses some CC BY-NC-SA code?

Can I sell software which uses someone else's code which is licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported? The software is closed source, and aside from the borrowed code, is ...
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How do I stop republication under a different license?

Suppose I am finishing an open source software. I am about to publish it but I just have to choose the license. I want it to be a CC-BY license but I don't want anyone to republish it under ANY other ...
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Are Creative Commons licenses enforceable in the event of a breach?

Scenario: I am building a website with my business partner. This website is going to contain information that we do not want to be reused. To do this I am going to release it under a creative commons ...
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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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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 Licence and Automatically Retrieving Linked Content from a Source

I was reading this topic about users posting content to a community and not having the right to "take it down" later on. It got me to thinking about communities which might have a system to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is a government organisation commerical or non-commerical?

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 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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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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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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What is a Creative Commons Free Cultural Work?

Upon choosing a license at the Creative Commons page, Creative Commons tells you if the license is a "Free Culture License", or whether it isn't. What is a Free Cultural Work?
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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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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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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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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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What is a good license for a software project template?

I am looking for a suitable license for a current software project. The project is special as it is rather a template, its primary goal is to provide a solid basis for scientific software. Therefore, ...
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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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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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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 can I do if there is no CC ported license in my country?

Background: Suppose I am developing an open source project. I am at the stage where I need to license my software. After doing research I find out that I live in a place where there is no ported CC ...
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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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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 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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How to require a “pingback” when my CC-licensed material is used?

I have a graduation project based on an open source system. As my university is more leaned towards the market instead of the academia, I wanted to know who else (if ever) is going to take my project ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is use of Creative Common's BY-SA licensed database in software 'adaption'?

I am building a functionality in my propriety software for translation of names between Spanish (and other languages) and English. The translation function works by typing words in Spanish which then ...