License RDF

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Creative Commons provides information on licenses for three audiences: lawyers, humans and machines. The machine-readable information is described using RDF and made available from the creativecommons/cc.licenserdf git repository.

File Naming

Files in the license_rdf module are named using the following convention:


More generally, you can take the URL of a license (i.e., strip the protocol information (https://) and replace all forward-slashes (/) with underscores (_) to arrive at the base filename. Liblicense provides a function to perform this mapping for you.

File Contents

Each file contains the RDF (encoded as RDF/XML) describing the particular license. Information described by the RDF includes:

  • license name, including translations
  • license description, including translations
  • license properties, as described by ccREL


The license RDF files are used in the following CC applications: