Creative Commons jurisdiction ports
Creative Commons, a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share, "ports" (adapts) its licenses to suit different copyright legislations around the world.
The original non-localized Creative Commons licenses were written with the US legal system in mind, hence the wording of the licenses could be incompatible within different local legislations and render the licenses unenforceable in various jurisdictions. To address this issue, Creative Commons has ported the various licenses to accommodate local copyright and private law. The porting process involves both linguistically translating the licenses and legally adapting them to particular jurisdictions.
As of August 2011, Creative Commons licenses have been ported over 50 different jurisdictions worldwide. No new ports have been implemented in version 4.0 of the license, which was released on 25 November 2013. Version 4.0 discourages using ported versions and instead acts as a single global license which can be used without porting.
Country teams introduce Creative Commons to their country and facilitate extensive consultations and discussion with members of the public and key stakeholders in an effort to adapt the licenses to local circumstances, i.e. their jurisdiction. Country teams usually have a Project Lead and may have their own website in addition to their listing on the main Creative Commons website. Country teams may be supported by organisations, for example, CC Ireland is a collaboration between Creative Commons and University College Cork.
Status of jurisdictions
Creative Commons's Jurisdiction Database provides information about the status of its ports for jurisdictions around the world. A summary as of August 2011 is provided here.
Creative Commons has developed licenses for the following jurisdictions:
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- England and Wales
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United States
Jurisdictions for which licenses are in development
Licenses for these jurisdictions are currently being drafted.
- Ireland (Ireland should be removed from this section because of being in Creative Commons 3 since Feb 2012)
Jurisdictions for which development is planned
Creative Commons is working to establish Affiliate Teams in these jurisdictions, or the drafting process has not begun yet.
- United Arab Emirates
- Creative Commons FAQ
- Version 3.0 - Further Internationalization
- "CC Affiliate Network". Creative Commons. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
- Peters, Diane (25 November 2013). "CC’s Next Generation Licenses — Welcome Version 4.0!". Creative Commons. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- "Frequently Asked Questions: What if CC licenses have not been ported to my jurisdiction?". Creative Commons. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- "What’s New in 4.0". Creative Commons. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Ireland - Creative Commons
- First Arabic Language CC Licenses Launched!
- Creative Commons Affiliate Network
- Canadian Creative Commons site
- Australian Creative Commons site
- New Zealand Creative Commons site