Creative Commons jurisdiction ports

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Creative Commons, a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share,[1] "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,[2] 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,[3] which was released on 25 November 2013.[4] Version 4.0 discourages using ported versions and instead acts as a single global license[5] which can be used without porting.[6]

Country teams[edit]

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.[7]

Status of jurisdictions[edit]

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.

Jurisdictions covered[edit]

Creative Commons has developed licenses for the following jurisdictions:

Jurisdictions for which licenses are in development[edit]

Licenses for these jurisdictions are currently being drafted.

Jurisdictions for which development is planned[edit]

Creative Commons is working to establish Affiliate Teams in these jurisdictions, or the drafting process has not begun yet.

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