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The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.


License Usage


Technical Details has implemented 1) a license chooser in the upload process, 2) the CC marks on works licensed/copyright waived with CC, 3) a subset of the CC REL metadata specification, and 4) a way to search for CC licensed content.

License Chooser implements the CC license chooser through the Partner Interface.

During the file upload process you are given this option:


Clicking either one of those options opens up a window to in which you can select a CC license or dedicate your upload to the public domain using CC0.

Here is the code for how has implemented the Partner Interface:

<a id="chooseLicenseLink" href="" onclick="'[license_url]%26license_name=[license_name]%26license_image=[license_button]%26deed_url=[deed_url]&jurisdiction_choose=1','popup','width=600,height=600,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=yes,menubar=no,status=yes'); return false;">Choose license</a>

And here is what the code looks like for the public domain dedication:

<a href="" onclick="'[license_url]%26license_name=[license_name]%26license_image=[license_button]%26deed_url=[deed_url]&jurisdiction_choose=1','popup','width=600,height=600,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=yes,menubar=no,status=yes'); return false;">dedicate to the public domain</a>

License/PD Mark

CC license and public domain markers appear on in many places. For pages of objects marked as licensed under Creative Commons, an image typically appears in the left hand sidebar.

For example, see this page:


Sometimes a link to the license will appear in the description area of the page.

For example see this page:


The CC0 mark appears on pages for works that have been dedicated to the public domain by the creator.

For example, see this page:


And a link to the public domain dedication appears in the description:


Metadata has implemented a subset of the CC REL specification by including the rel="license" attribute in links to the CC license deeds.

For example, see the source to this page:

<a rel="license" href="" target="_blank" ><img title="[Attribution 3.0]" alt="[Attribution 3.0]" style="height:31px" id="ccimage" src=""/></a>

CC search

It's possible to search for CC licensed or public domain content by license type. However, as notes, it's a bit complicated.

See the FAQ on this topic, or use the pre-constructed searches below: