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All Creative Commons licenses have many important features in common.

Every license will help you

  • retain your copyright
  • announce that other people’s fair use, first sale, and free expression rights are not affected by the license.

Every license requires licensees

  • to get your permission to do any of the things you choose to restrict — e.g., make a commercial use, create a derivative work;
  • to keep any copyright notice intact on all copies of your work;
  • to link to your license from copies of the work;
  • not to alter the terms of the license
  • not to use technology to restrict other licensees’ lawful uses of the work

Every license allows licensees, provided they live up to your conditions,

  • to copy the work
  • to distribute it
  • to display or perform it publicly
  • to make digital public performances of it (e.g., webcasting)
  • to shift the work into another format as a verbatim copy

Every license

  • applies worldwide
  • lasts for the duration of the work’s copyright
  • is not revocable

Note that this list of features does not apply to the Public Domain Dedication, our Sampling Licenses, or Founder’s Copyright.