Ways to make parts of your work available for use.
This page only shows free, libre and open licences. For a list that includes semi-libre (that is to say, noncommercial and verbatim licences), see Licences (Common Content).
- Academic Free License ● A libre licence.
- Apache License ● A permissive free software licence.
- BSD License ● Permissive free software licences.
- CERN Open Hardware License ● 'In the spirit of knowledge sharing and dissemination, the CERN Open Hardware Licence (CERN OHL) governs the use, copying, modification and distribution of hardware design documentation, and the manufacture and distribution of products.'
- COPYPASTE License ● A very simple public domain licence.
- Creative Commons Attribution ● A Creative Commons licence which allows copying provided credit is given.
- Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike ● A Creative Commons licence which allows copying provided credit is given and adaptations fall under the same licence.
- Creative Commons Copyright-Only Dedication/Public Domain Certification ● A multipurpose and now retired licence.
- Creative Commons ShareAlike ● A retired Creative Commons licence.
- Creative Commons Zero ● A Creative Commons licence which allows copying under any circumstances.
- Free Art License ● A copyleft licence designed specifically for art.
- Give It Your Own License, License ● Effectively a public domain licence.
- Give It Your Own License, License ● A public domain licence.
- GNU Affero General Public License ● A copyleft software licence.
- GNU Free Documentation License ● A copyleft licence for manuals and software guides.
- GNU General Public License ● A copyleft licence designed for software.
- GNU Lesser General Public License ● A free software licence.
- Jenny Everywhere Declaration ● A declaration that makes a character free for others to use.
- MIT License ● A permissive free software licence from MIT.
- Open Data Commons Attribution ● A permissive libre licence for data.
- Open Data Commons Open Database License ● A copyleft licence for databases.
- Open Game License ● A copyleft licence designed for games but usable elsewhere.
- Open Government License ● A permissive licence designed by the British Government.
- Open Hardware License ● A couple of libre hardware licences.
- Open Publication License ● A retired permissive licence.
- Open Web Foundation Final Specification Agreement ● An attribution licence with a patent protection section.
- Open Works License ● A permissive licence.
- Public Domain Mark ● A certification of public domain status.
- SIL Open Font License ● A copyleft font licence.
- TAPR Open Hardware License ● 'The TAPR Open Hardware License is TAPR's contribution to the community of Open Hardware developers.'
- The zlib/libpng License ● A permissive software licence.
Sources of Licences
- Creative Commons ● A non-profit organisation devoted to increasing the number of works available for all to share and adapt.
- Free Software Foundation ● A foundation to encourage the use of free software licences.
- Open Database Commons ● 'Open Data Commons exists to provide legal solutions for open data.'