Creative Commons version 3 launched

Creative Commons, the non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others legally to build upon and share, has launched version 3.0 of their copyright licenses.

This updated version introduces a number of changes including spinning off the ‘generic’ license to be the US license and creating a new generic license, now known as the ‘unported’ license (detailed explanation here).

I’ve taken the opportunity to update the CC license on this blog. It’s not version 3 but is now specific to the ‘UK: England and Wales’ jurisdiction.

I’ve also had a re-think about the restricted license I had in place until now that wouldn’t allow you to use anything on this blog to make a derivative work (not that the blog scraper scammers paid any attention to that or any other aspect of intellectual property rights).

Now you can make derivative works if you want – meaning, build on anything I’ve created here – as long as you abide by the terms of the license.

Here’s the full text of the Creative Commons license that now applies here:

Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales

You are free:

  • to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work
  • to make derivative works

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution. You must give the original author credit.
  • Non-Commercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • Share Alike. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a licence identical to this one.

For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the licence terms of this work.

Any of these conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.

Apart from the remix rights granted under this license, nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author’s moral rights. Your fair use and other rights are in no way affected by the above.

This is a human-readable summary of the Legal Code (the full licence).

As noted, any of these license conditions can be waived. So if you have something in mind and want to do something outside the scope of the CC license, just ask.