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Welcome Slashdotters! Clarification on CC+ is in order

CC+ is CC license + Another agreement.

It is NOT a new license, but a facilitation of morePermissions beyond ANY standard CC licenses.

If you want to adopt CC+, please (1) implement CC+ simple technology on your site, (2) add your project/company name, and (3) let us know!

Simple Explanation

The basic concept is to have a Creative Commons license + some other agreement which provides morePermissions.

Cc-by-nc-3.0-88x31.png + Commercial-license-button.png

NOTE: Above, the CC license should link to the human deed and the generic commercial license would link to a place to get a commercial license for a work. The COMMERCIAL LICENSE is generic and should be tailored for specific uses with specific names of copyright holders.

Here is the SVG (vector graphic) to the generic button if you would like to construct a commercial licensing button for your usage. The button is released into the public domain.


CC+ is a protocol providing a simple way for users to get rights beyond the rights granted by a CC license. For example, a work's Creative Commons license might offer noncommercial rights. With CC+, the license can also provide a link by which a user might secure rights beyond noncommercial rights -- most obviously commercial rights, but also additional permissions or services such as warranty, permission to use without attribution, or even access to performance or physical media.

The CC+ architecture gives businesses a simple way to move between the sharing and commercial economies. CC+ provides a lightweight standard around these best practices and is available for implementation immediately.

Solvable Problems


Creative Commons has solved this with Creative Commons licensing. Creative Commons has this one locked down. Rely on CC.


Creative Commons has structured this so that you and/or your project can implement the rest of the social part to this equation.


Similar to #Human, CC has structured the Technical part of CC+ so that you can implement the technical standard to be in compliance.

  • File:Ccplus-technical.pdf - CC+ Technical Implementation for the World Wide Web (pdf) explaining how to add CC+ functionality to your site.
  • Concepts and Pieces

Easy CC+ Markups

Simplest CC+ Example

My Book by Jon Phillips is licensed under a 

<a rel="license" href="">Creative Commons 
Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 License</a>. 

Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at 
<a xmlns:cc="" rel="cc:morePermissions" 

A complete CC+ Implementation

<span xmlns:cc="" xmlns:dc="">

<span rel="dc:type" href="" property="dc:title">My Book</span> by 
<a rel="cc:attributionURL" property="cc:attributionName" href="">Jon Phillips</a> 

is licensed under a 

<a rel="license" href="">Creative Commons 
Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 License</a>. 

<span rel="dc:source" href=""/>
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at 
<a rel="cc:morePermissions" 


A simple example of custom agreement on the same page

<a xmlns:cc="" rel="cc:morePermissions" href="#agreement">below</a>

<a id="agreement">The Agreement</a>
... agreement text...

A simple agreement leading to mailto

<a xmlns:cc="" 
   rel="cc:morePermissions" href="">custom license</a>





  • To restrict commercial use with a CC license with NC condition, and then use a separate agreement with some party (could be yourself or third-party) to broker commercial rights (licensing, sales, reproduction, etc).
  • To implement some type of Street Performer Protocol system to put works to the public domain or into another license, preferably more free and in the community interest.







What is a simple way of explaining CC+?

CC+ is just what it sounds like, a Creative Commons license plus another agreement. A copyright holder might pair a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license [CC] with a non-exclusive commercial agreement [+] enabling a company to license the work commercially for a fee.

Isn't CC+ just a technological facilitation of dual licensing?

Yes. A copyright holder who uses a Creative Commons license is already adding a license on top of their copyright. CC+ can make it easier for that copyright-holder to add other non-exclusive licenses/agreements as alternatives.

External Links

How do you get involved?

Jump on over to the CC-Community and/or CC-Licenses email lists for further discussion on CCPlus.