Free license

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A free license is a license agreement which contains conditions permitted to the user from the holder on a specific list of uses for his work, which gives him four major freedoms (or based on them).

Without a special license, these uses are prohibited by the laws of copyright.

Most free licenses are worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, and perpetual (see Copyright durations).

Free licenses often are the basis of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding projects.

The invention of the term "free license" and the focus on the rights of users were connected to the traditions of the hacker culture of the 1970s and the social and political free software movement (since 1980). Since then times, ideas of free licenses spread into different spheres of society. Open source, free culture, anticopyright, Wikimedia Foundation projects, and pirate parties are connected with free licenses.


Classification and licenses[edit]

Network of licenses (and years of license creation).

By freedom[edit]

By type of content[edit]

By authors[edit]


By countries[edit]

Creative Commons has affiliates more in 100 jurisdictions all over the world.


European Union[edit]

EUPL was created in the European Union.


Harald Welte created

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